Work Your Way employment service

Work Your Way logo plus strapline.jpgWork Your Way: your Derbyshire NHS employment service,
helping you to find the job that’s right for you, right now.

What is Work Your Way?

We are a team of employment specialists and job coaches. We help people using community mental health services in Derbyshire to find work and stay in work, because we know that having a job can help people get well and stay well. 

We don’t just find our clients any old job, though. Our aim is to help people find the right job: one that suits their ambitions, their talents and their needs.   

How can the team help?

When you contact us, we will arrange to meet with you at a time and place that suits you. We will listen to your story and find out what’s important to you: 

  • what skills you want to use and develop
  • where you see your career heading in the future 
  • how many hours you’d like to work, and when you’d like to work them.

We will then contact employers and recruiters, and support you every step of the way as you apply for jobs, go for interviews and get settled in at work.

What about benefits?

Lots of people have questions about benefits. And we can answer those questions! 

We will give you clear advice and information about whether the job you choose to do will have an impact on your benefits. We want you to you feel confident and comfortable from your very first day at work. 

I'm an employer - can I contact you about recruitment opportunities?

Yes - we will come and meet with you at your place of business to find out more. And we will work closely with you, to make sure any applications from Work Your Way clients are suitable and a 'good fit' for everyone.

Please contact the Work Your Way employment specialist for your area, or the Work Your Way service manager - view their contact details.

We will talk to your care team about this, but you are in control of this decision. If you want to apply for jobs, we will support you.

We will also encourage your care team to support you, too. We are in regular contact with the community mental health teams and Early Intervention Service in Derbyshire. With your permission, we will talk to them about your career plans and ambitions, and ask them to adjust their care around your job search.

Right now, we are funded to help people being supported by community mental health teams and the Early Intervention service in five areas of Derbyshire:

  • Amber Valley 
  • Bolsover and Clay Cross 
  • Chesterfield and Killamarsh 
  • Derby city 
  • Erewash.

We are funded by NHS England. Our service is known as an Individual Placement and Support service, or IPS for short. We report on our performance to NHS England and locally to Joined Up Care Derbyshire – the partnership that brings together Derbyshire’s NHS trusts and local councils.

We don’t get paid any commissions or bonuses for helping people into work. That means we only have to think about our clients' interests and needs.

How do I find out more?

Please call or email your local employment specialist from the list below. 

Amber Valley

Louise Birks 
Telephone: 07767 851475

Bolsover and Clay Cross

Daryl Wright
Telephone: 07384 820262


Evie Palmer
Telephone: 07387 417412

Derby city

Elaine Moore
Telephone: 07767 846567

Nicole Gordon
Telephone: 07767 836226


Becky Willday 
Telephone: 07767 851594


Molly Hudson
Telephone: 07493 868215

General enquiries

Samantha Parr, Service Manager
Telephone: 07919 291368

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