Minister for health John Hutton has announced the latest government initiative to improve employment opportunities for disabled people.
The initiative is part of a programme of joint investment plans. This involves health and social services developing ways of working together with the objective of improving the way services are provided at the boundary between health and social care.
It is already in place for older people and adults with mental health problems.
Under the new scheme, health and social services will forge links with employment, education and careers services, while local government agencies will work with carers, voluntary groups and disabled people, to provide a package of support services.
Commenting on the extension of the programme, Hutton said: “Joint investment plans for older people are beginning to challenge traditional ways of working and we want to see the same changes to services for people with disabilities. There will be a new emphasis on flexible, individually tailored services which will help disabled people get work and stay in work.”
The government intends the programme to cover people with learning difficulties and Welfare to Work for disabled people by April 2001