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Work. 2012;43(1):91-7. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1450.

Keeley's journey: from service user to service provider.

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Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This paper presents the vocational journey of a young British woman, Keeley, who changed her career aspirations to become a mental health worker following an episode of significant mental health difficulties. Keeley's story illustrates the application of the locally developed WORKS framework in conceptualising and supporting Keeley's vocational recovery.

APPROACH:

A narrative approach highlights the partnerships that developed between Keeley, the Occupational Therapist, Sally, and the User Support and Employment Service.

FINDINGS:

The WORKS framework supported Keeley and Sally to collaboratively develop a successful employment pathway. Strategies, including attention to Keeley's view of her capabilities and aspirations, volunteer placements, support of peers, employer engagement and planning for sustainable employment, assisted Keeley to establish her chosen career. Keeley's journey highlights the leadership role that mental health services can assume by providing paid work for people with experience of mental health difficulties.

PMID:
22907326
DOI:
10.3233/WOR-2012-1450
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