A SERVICE helping people with mental health problems in Oxfordshire get in to paid work has been recognised nationally for its efforts.

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service at Oxford Health has helped dozens of people into work amid dealing with double the volume of referrals during the pandemic.

Launched last year in partnership with charity Restore, it helps unemployed adults aged over 18 in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, who are under the care of our adult mental health teams or early intervention service.

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The team have been awarded an NHS England recognition award for their efforts.

Shelley Monaghan, the IPS Team Leader who based at Warneford Hospital in Oxford said: “Supporting our existing clients has been paramount. Patients have been dealing with a number of new work issues like furlough, working from home and returning to work after absence.”