Many people who access mental health and addiction services say they want help in getting and keeping a job, and see it as an important part of their recovery.

We are passionate about, and committed to, supporting people to get and retain the right job.

The Trust set up its Employment Services in 2004 and has since then supported over 2000 people into paid employment in a range of industries.

Working closely with each individual to match the person, ambition and employment goal, CNWL’s Employment Services now provide the following:

  • Trained employment specialists (ES) being based in mental health and addiction teams. Research has shown that having an ES in treatment teams results in more people getting back to work
  • Employment specialists playing a key role in building relationships with local employers to access the ‘hidden’ labour market, as up to 70% of jobs are never advertised

This website provides information for people using services, carers, employers, and partner agencies on how our services work and on the research evidence behind our approach. Information about other agencies that can support people to get back to work, or keep an existing job, is also included.

CNWL has been recognised for its work in implementing employment services since 2010, when we became part of the Centre for Mental Health IPS Centre of Excellence Programme. For more information go to the Centre of Excellence Programme website.

If you are an employer we can offer a free recruitment service, providing suitable candidates, matched to your vacant positions. For more information please contact: Kyriacos Colocassis on

We're recruiting - join as an Employment Specialist

Are you passionate about helping others? Join our team and support people with mental health conditions back into work. 

We have launched a new dedicated website where you’ll find information about what it means to work as an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Specialist, read stories and experiences from current staff members, and apply for various job opportunities. 

Watch this short video below and find out more:

Browse through our quick links section below for more information about how our Employment Services provide support.