Employment support for ex-Forces NHS patients
GPs, mental health nurses and mental health practitioners, practice nurses and all other health professionals can refer patients directly to The Poppy Factory’s free employment service, using a simple online form.
One-to-one employment support for ex-Forces patients is available throughout England and Wales, offering ongoing help for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces or Reserves and has a mental or physical health condition.
Positive progress through employment support
- The Poppy Factory's employment consultants have expertise in working with people with mild, moderate and complex mental and physical health conditions (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder).
- Through our life-changing employment support we know employment can have a very positive effect on mental health and wellbeing. We deliver our support at a pace that is appropriate for the client’s needs.
- Alongside supporting clients, we work with NHS partners to help break down health and social barriers that make entry into employment difficult.
- We welcome referrals from clinicians across England and Wales.
In November 2022, the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health published an evaluation of our employment service embedded within Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This pilot project was funded by Forces in Mind Trust.
The report was overwhelmingly positive. Veterans perceived the service as a ‘safe space’ and clinicians trusted The Poppy Factory to support veterans with
often complex needs at an appropriate pace.