Mental health at work

One in four adults in the UK will experience a mental health condition in any given year. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates the cost of mental health to the UK economy at £70 billion per year, equating to 4.5% of GDP1. Mental ill health at work is thought to cost UK employers £26 billion each year – on average £1,035 per employee.

Work related stress imageOn the back of such findings, employers are recognising their duty of care towards work related stress. As a result they have put measures in place which allow their employees to access a range of mental health services typically via private medical insurance, occupational health, group income protection and employee assistance programme providers. The Priory works in partnership with employers, funders and other providers to deliver a wide range of therapies that promotes retention through supporting both those at risk of sickness as well as individuals returning to work.

How the Priory can help to treat occupational health issues

The Priory receives referrals, provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of work and non-work related mental health issues including:

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The goal is to improve health and wellbeing and in doing so, either avoid absence or to facilitate sustainable return to work.

Mental health at work treatment options

Both day and inpatient treatment options are available. Typically, employees access treatment on a day basis at a time and place that is convenient to them, either whilst still at work or when returning to work.

Initially, an assessment of up to ninety minutes is performed either by a consultant psychiatrist or by a trained, experienced psychotherapist. This is dependent upon the nature of the presenting condition, whoever makes the referral and the funding mechanism. Many employees choose to self-refer confidentially and fund their own treatment. Following assessment, both group and individual treatment programmes are available, to meet both clinical and practical needs of the employee.

Day programmes vary in length but are very flexible and vary from one individual session for an hour per week, to five hours of intensive group and individual sessions per day for several days.

Inpatient programmes provide therapy in a calm and supportive environment that allows the individual to reflect and develop strategies for self management following discharge. Often, employees will visit one of our therapy centres as part of a graded return to work schedule, in order to receive relapse prevention treatment following an in-patient episode so that the risk of repeated sickness absence can be minimised.

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Why choose the Priory

Priory sits alongside other mental health services including occupational health, group income protection and employee assistance programme providers in uniquely offering specialist support irrespective of the nature and severity of the condition.

Think of us as your solution to work related mental health issues. Whether your employees need therapeutic support for a mild to moderate episode of non-work related stress on a day basis, or an intensive inpatient treatment episode for addictions, the Priory has the expertise to assist.

We are able to offer such a broad range of interventions because of the multi-disciplinary team of clinicians providing assessment and treatment at each therapy centre. These specialists include psychotherapists, psychologists and consultant psychiatrists.

What you can expect when making a referral to the Priory

  • A therapy services manager at each site available to discuss potential referrals
  • An evidenced based assessment by trained, skilled and experienced clinicians
  • An agreed, documented treatment plan that delivers around current work and home commitments, regularly reviewed with the employee by their identified key-worker therapist
  • Ongoing progress reviews overseen by the lead consultant for therapy services at the therapy centre
  • Interim progress and discharge reports where requested by occupational health or human resources
  • Management information reports for corporate clients detailing activity by client's business unit/region, spend and clinical outcome improvement scores

The Priory regularly reviews quality and clinical governance through both internal and external audit. Each therapist receives clinical supervision and access to continuous professional development through a blended learning approach, a key component of which is the Priory's award winning 'Foundations for Growth' e-learning.

Referrals and admissions

We receive referrals from a wide range of sources:

  • Self referral – employees that wish to fund their own treatment
  • GP referral – either to a named consultant or to the therapy services manager at each therapy centre
  • Occupational health/human resources – on behalf of employees
  • Private medical insurance – for assessment and treatment of a policy holder
  • Group income protection providers – for assessment and treatment of a policy holder
  • Employee assistance programme providers – where their client's employees sometimes require a more intensive intervention than they are contracted or able to deliver