Mental Health Recovery & Employment

Mental Health Recovery & Employment (MHRE) Programme

What it is:

Mental Health Recovery and Employment services have been combined and are provided under one contract as part of an integrated service.

The contract will run for 3 years from 1st April 2018 to the 31st March 2021.

MHRE Recovery Service:

This part of the service is delivered by Birmingham Mind and Creative Support.

The Recovery Service offers recovery and wellbeing sessions to support mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in shared learning environments in the community, supporting people to identify and build on their own strengths. This helps people take control, feel hopeful and become experts in their own wellbeing and recovery.

The service offers a 1:1 recovery support planning and this includes Personal Health Budgets (PHB’s) and recovery focused interventions that are based on a Recovery College Model and supports the development of peer-led support networks and groups. Please see the latest Mental Health Recovery and Employment Prospectus.

MHRE Employment Service (IPS):

Better Pathways delivers an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) employment service and we are the only centre of excellence in Birmingham.

The Service is an intensive, personalised supported employment service targeted at people in contact with secondary mental health services within Birmingham. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services are designed to support people who want to enter employment more quickly and to sustain their employment longer.

The overall aim of this service is to support people with severe mental illness to achieve paid, competitive employment in a fulfilling, sustainable way. We support adults aged 18+ in Birmingham:

  • To provide employment advice to care coordinators, employers and other interested stakeholders

  • To challenge low expectations and stigma relating to mental health and raise awareness about employability of people with long term mental health problems

  • To provide directly, or through partner agencies, careers advice and accurate benefits advice to enable people to make informed decisions about taking up and keeping employment

  • To act as a key link or ‘bridge’ between mental health services and employers

  • To promote in appropriate cases, the take up of Personal Health Budgets (PHB) to purchase further care and support relating to employment and recovery goals

  • Promote a service that is reflective of the diversity of the communities of Birmingham and recognise differences in needs in relation to age


This service is available to those individuals who are:

  • Aged 18 years and above

  • Registered with a Birmingham GP

  • Residents of Birmingham who are registered with a GP within Sandwell and West Birmingham

  • Registered with Solihull CCG, Church Road GP Practice

  • Under the care of secondary mental health services; or

  • On the GP Serious Mental Illness Register; and

  • States a desire to enter paid employment

Getting Started:

You can contact us in a number of ways.

By email: Just send us an email to

This e-mail address is secure, and your details will be encrypted to ensure that they remain private. We will send you the referral form, and it can be returned to the same e-mail address.

By telephone: Please call us on 0121 296 5948.

This number is available during the office hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. We will take your details and send you a referral form in the post.

In person: Just call in to one of our Recovery Hubs and one of our team will be happy to complete a referral form with you.

If you are interested of know of anyone who would be then get in touch today to see how we can support you.

Frequently asked questions:

  • How much do the courses cost?

All of our courses and workshops are free to attend. There may be some courses that require you to make a very small contribution to materials after your first class.

  • I have a disability/mobility problem, can I still attend?

Yes. We will work closely with you to support you in any way we can. Please give us a call if you would like to discuss your needs with us or if you require more information.

  • I struggle with reading or writing; can I still attend?

Yes. We will work closely with you to support you in any way we can. Please give us a call if you would like to discuss your needs with us or if you require more information.

  • Will there be any tests, assessments or exams?

No, although some recovery navigators may provide you with some activities to do at home.