Staff experiences of supported employment with the Sustainable Hub of Innovative Employment for people with Complex needs

Nick J. Gore, Rachel Forrester-Jones, Rhea Yong

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Abstract

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Many people with learning disabilities want to work.

The Sustainable Hub of Innovative Employment for people with Complex needs (SHIEC) project is about supporting people with complex needs to find work.

This study interviewed staff members who are part of SHIEC.

Staff said it can be difficult to help people with complex needs to find work and this often made them worried.

Staff also said that when people with complex needs found work, it was very rewarding.

Staff said being part of SHIEC helped them do this.

Summary
Whilst the value of supported employment for people with learning disabilities is well substantiated, the experiences of supporting individuals into work are less well documented. The Sustainable Hub of Innovative Employment for people with Complex needs aims to support people with learning disabilities and complex needs to find paid employment. Sixteen semi‐structured interviews administered to staff members of Sustainable Hub of Innovative Employment for people with Complex needs revealed seven core themes concerning their experiences of helping people with complex needs into work. This included the practical and emotional reality of facilitating supported employment and a reflection on those factors that influenced success. This article discusses how findings relate more broadly to work in this area, and the vital roles frontline staff play in making employment happen for people with learning disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-235
JournalBritish Journal Of Learning Disabilities
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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