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Creating Health Team
CMO and Public Health Directorate
Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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0131 244 5132

Health Works Development Fund


Funding was made available in 2013-14 for new projects. The following seven projects received funding:

  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway - A community Mental Health team will be working closely with a Support in Mind Worker to improved their support to clients in relation to work related activities
  • NHS Fife - A pilot project to implement the AHP Advisory for Fitness to Work Report within Fife Adult Mental Health Services
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde - Developing training for people with inflammatory athritis to help them manage their condition in the workplace
  • NHS Highland - A board wide project, led by an AHP, to develop the health and work agenda across health and social services
  • NHS Lanarkshire - To provide training and follow up support for AHP’s and employability partners in Scottish Health Boards to develop specialist vocational rehabilitation knowledge and skills focusing on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model
  • NHS Lothian - To develop and pilot a range of evaluation tools that can be used to assess the effectiveness of the activities and initiatives designed to support the delivery of Health Works
  • NHS Western Isles - Two linked projects  have been funded. The first is to map existing health & work and employability services across all providers in the Board area. A web based resource will then be developed to enable staff access to these for the benefit of their service users.


The fund, which we launched in January 2012 has now been fully allocated for 2012-13. We will provide updates on the successful projects through the Health Works networks.

The following projects have received funds for 2012-13:

  • NHS Fife – Trial a rehabilitation pathway from A&E which identifies people who present with a mild Traumatic Brain Injury and who are working. The pathway will provide early access to functional capacity assessment and vocational rehabilitation interventions where required.
  • NHS Forth Valley – Support to further develop and embed an employability single point of access to information and services for professionals and service users. The aim being to provide a seamless pathway into and between employability services and health.
  • NHS Tayside – Develop, consolidate and embed vocational rehabilitation as a core occupational therapy function within the forensic employability pathway across health, social care and employability
  • NHS Highland – Employment and mental health collaboration with secondment of an employability specialist to NHS. The aim being to integrate employment support into routine clinical treatment by the Multidisciplinary team
  • Forensic Network - Development and standardisation of knowledge and practice within the area of disclosure of mental health and criminal convictions when delivering vocational rehabilitation with forensic patients