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Employment project nominated for second national award

November 10, 2016

Action for M.E.’s Support, Empower and Employ people with M.E. (SEE M.E.) project has been nominated for The Occupational Therapy Show Awards in the Occupational Therapy Innovation of the Year category.

The winner of the award will be named at The Occupational Therapy Show on Wednesday 23 November.

The nomination marks the second time the project has been shortlisted for a national award after it was nominated for the 2015 Vocational Rehabilitation Awards.

SEE M.E. was an innovative pilot project that transformed employment outcomes for people with M.E. in the South West.

The project employed specialist employment support staff with experience of M.E, embedding them within the specialist Bristol NHS M.E. clinic, where more they worked with more than 120 people with M.E. over 12 months between 2015 and 2016. Independent evaluation of the project found that 72% of SEE M.E. clients achieved their employment goal, including successfully returning to their job after lengthy sickness absence, starting a new job, and achieving their best possible exit from unsustainable employment.

Benefits for clients have included increased knowledge about rights, entitlements, welfare benefits and available services, as well as increased confidence to achieve their desired employment goal. In addition, most individuals have reported an improvement in their sense of well-being as a result of the impact SEE M.E. support has had on their employment situation.