Are you having difficulties in work or struggling to find employment?

NHS Oxfordshire Talking Therapies work in partnership with a specialist employment service, Mental Health Matters. They have a dedicated team who can work with you to navigate and manage workplace issues or look for volunteering roles, employment, or training.


The Employment Service team can offer support, advice, and guidance on various aspects of work-related issues including:

  • Managing work related stress.
  • Returning to work after a period of absence.
  • Navigating formal work proceedings.
  • Communicating with your employer.
  • Talking through your employment rights.
  • Bullying and harassment.
  • Discrimination.
  • Benefits and work.

Types of support

  • Information, advice and guidance on a range of issues including employment rights, benefits and health/condition management.
  • Support to access a range of training, education, voluntary and work placement opportunities assistance with job search, application forms, CV writing and interview techniques.
  • Support to help build confidence and self-esteem and realise potential.
  • Support to maintain existing employment, including support to implement reasonable adjustments at work, support to negotiate with employers and support to prepare for and attend meetings and reviews in the workplace.

Who is this service for?

  • Individuals who are currently accessing NHS Oxfordshire Talking Therapies.

How to access support

  • During your assessment with NHS Oxfordshire Talking Therapies, you will be asked about your employment situation and whether you would like to access the Employment Support Service.
  • You can then be referred to Employment Support Service and an Employment Advisor will be in touch with you directly. The Employment Advisor will offer you telephone, digital or face to face appointments.
  • If you are already receiving treatment, you can ask your therapist about the Employment Support Service at any time and request a referral.

What our clients say about the Employment Support Service

‘’The advisor was very understanding and supportive on the telephone consultation and has provided a range of resources which I am very grateful for. It is fantastic to have this advisory support and structured documents/processes alongside the Talking Therapies and I am confident they will help with my recovery.’’ 
‘’Very comprehensive call that provided useful advice and follow-up materials, giving me a better understanding of the next steps that may help me improve work satisfaction and work-life balance.’’ 

Page last reviewed: 2 July, 2024