MHILES: MH Involvement Learning Education & Skills
What is MHILES?
MHILES is the Mental Health Involvement, Learning, Employment and Skills, group and aims to “do what is says on the tin” by bringing together members of voluntary sector groups with an interest in these matters, and to also involve appropriate public and private sector organisations with similar interests.
MHILES aims to:
• Have a learning, employment and skills focus for people with mental health difficulties and carers in the North East
• Collect and present information on job opportunities in the sector
• Disseminate information on issues, policy, and funding
• Provide up to date news events and information
Neil Kelly, Mental Health North East Chair, is also the Learning Employment and Skills lead and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Independence Payment to replace Disability Living Allowance
From 2013 the Government is proposing to introduce a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64 to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
The intention is that Personal Independence Payment will focus support to those individuals who experience the greatest challenges to remaining independent and leading full, active and independent lives.
Disability Living Allowance was introduced in 1992 and has not been fundamentally reviewed or reformed since. There is confusion about the purpose of the benefit, it is complex to claim and there is no systematic way of checking that awards remain correct.
We are putting disabled people at the heart of the development of Personal Independence Payment. This includes:
working with disabled people and their organisations as we develop the new claims and assessment processes seeking feedback on our proposals for the draft assessment criteria, which consider an individual's circumstances and the impact of their health condition or impairment on their everyday life.
For details see link
RR 780 An evaluation of the Statement of Fitness for Work:
Qualitative research with General Practitioners by Beth Fylan, Fiona Fylan and Lauren Caveney
This report forms part of a programme of evaluation gathering evidence on the use of the Statement of Fitness for Work (fit note). On 6 April 2010, the Government implemented the fit note across England, Wales and Scotland with the aim of giving individuals and employers access to timely information about when and how sick individuals might return to work.
The research is based on 45 in-depth semi-structured interviews with General Practitioners (GPs) between February and May 2011. The report explores GPs'
views of the change in policy, how they prepared to use the fit note and use it during consultations with patients, and