Condition Management Programme
“I feel more confident in that I am planning to go back to work…I will recognise the signs, should I not be able to cope, and I will be able to do something about it before I let myself become so stressed that I become ill. I am more in control.”
“Condition Management Programme (CMP) – Linking Health, Work and Well-being”
CMP is a voluntary, short-term programme delivered by health care professionals throughout the five trusts in NI. It is funded by the Department for Communities, and aims to give people strategies and supports to manage their health condition(s) and make progress towards a return to work.
In CMP we work with clients for up to 12 weeks. The user will develop skills in managing their health condition, developing their quality of life with the potential to develop skills, knowledge and confidence on pursuing “work” now or into the future.
The Condition Management Programme (CMP) is funded by the Department of Communities (DFC) and provided by health professionals within the NHS. It is a regional programme with a CMP team in each Trust area.
The main aims of the service are to:
- Undertake assessment of client needs that are focused on achieving optimum health to engage in work related activity.
- Provide a range of interventions, designed to promote self-management of health conditions and improve potential for employment.
- Enable clients to access support to manage their health and employment needs through appropriate utilisation of core NHS, voluntary and community based services.
Click here to read the full CMP Information Booklet.
What qualifies someone to be referred to CMP?
CMP could help you if, as a result of your health you are:
- In Work but struggling to stay in work and need support in managing your health
- Off Work for up to 12 weeks
- On Benefits and not working at present
- On other DFC programmes – e.g. Workable (NI) or Access to Work (NI) etc
Participation on CMP is entirely voluntary so it will NOT affect your benefits.
Who do I work with?
The user will work with health professionals that can best meet their identified need.
Within the team we have:
- Mental Health Nursing,
- Occupational Therapy (O.T)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Interventions may take the form of one to one work, involvement in group work sessions or a combination of both.
If you agree to participate in CMP, an individual action plan will be agreed between you and the healthcare professional.
Your GP will then be advised by letter that you have volunteered to attend the programme. They will also be told when you complete the programme.
Despite the current economic climate, clients completing CMP continue to seek, and in many cases secure competitive employment. It is suggested that the impact of one person entering in to work represents a saving to the economy of £70k per annum but the human benefits are impossible to quantify.
You can Self-Refer using the form in the resources section (contact the CMP team directly to discuss this further).
Tel: (028) 9260 5494
Referrals can also be made by your Employment Advisor at your Jobs and Benefits Office, a Health Care Professional, Access to Work (NI) or your Workable (NI) Case Manager.