Job Retention

Together with Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, we provide an Employment Retention Service to support those in primary and secondary services whose jobs are at risk as a result of their mental ill health.

If you are suffering from poor mental health and this is impacting on your current work / employment, Employ-Ability can provide job retention support to help you resolve these problems. We can support you on issues relating to your job via telephone, face-to-face meetings and with your permission, even with your employer.

Areas of Support Include:

  • Identifying and providing support with work stressors
  • Discuss the options on whether to stay or leave your current employment
  • Help you decide how, when and if to disclose your mental ill health to your employer
  • Negotiating reasonable adjustments at work to support you with your mental health
  • Suggestions for a phased return to work plan if you have been off sick due to your mental health
  • Guidance on occupational health reviews and reports
  • Assistance with grievances and disciplinary procedures. Please note we cannot provide legal advice to you regarding any issues you have with your employer
  • Supporting you to exit your job, if that is the desired outcome and signpost you to our Employment Specialists to help find new employment
  • General employment advice and coaching
  • With consent we can liaise directly with the employer and be a voice for the employee

Location of Services

Our team operates throughout Essex from community offices in the following areas. If you are some distance from these locations please contact us for further information.


West Essex South Essex
Abridge, Nazeing, Thornwood Basildon, Billericay and Wickford
Bishop’s Stortford and Dunmow Benfleet, Hadleigh and Canvey Island
Buckhurst Hill Brentwood
Chigwell and Loughton Great Wakering, Little Wakering
Coopersale, Thaxted Hockley
Epping, Saffron Walden and Ongar Ingatestone
Harlow, Sawbridgeworth and Stansted Rayleigh, Leigh-on-Sea and Thundersley
Nazeing Rochford
Takeley Southend
Steeple Bumpsted
Upshire, Theydon Bois and Waltham Abbey


Making a Referral

A referral can be made in several ways:

  • You can self-refer by completing and returning the referral form if you are able to do so, or contact us by telephone or email if you would like to speak to us first.
  • If you are a professional and would like to refer a client/patient please complete and return the referral form.
  • If you are an employer you can make a referral for an employee with their consent using the referral form.

If you would like some more information please email  Please put “Job Retention Enquiry” as the Subject.  Within the email, please include your Full Name, Contact Number and feel free to include a brief description of your current situation/difficulties at work. We will then contact you within five working days to discuss this further with you.

Hours of Operation

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Referral form

Contact Details

Telephone: 01279 450299