Access to Work

Access to Work is a nationwide programme which supports people with a health condition or disability in the workplace.

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can:

  • talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace
  • apply for Access to Work if you need extra help

To get help from Access to Work you must:

  • have a disability or health condition (physical or mental) that makes it hard for you to do parts of your job or get to and from work
  • be 16 or over
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales – there is a different system in Northern Ireland (for more details CLICK HERE)

If the help you need at work isn’t covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able access support from Access to Work.

You need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one.

You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace.

An Access to Work grant can pay for:

  • special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings
  • help getting to and from work

The money doesn’t have to be paid back and won’t affect your other benefits, however it’s important to understand that you may not get a grant if you already receive certain benefits.

If you apply for Access to Work and your Access to Work Advisor believes an assessment in your workplace would be beneficial, they will request a Holistic Assessment. PeoplePlus, in partnership with Momentum (Scotland), RBLI (across England and Wales) and Assistive Technology & Training Ltd (across England) support Access to Work in delivering the Holistic Assessment Service across England, Scotland and Wales on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions.

Our highly trained Access to Work Assessors will meet you (usually in your workplace) and discuss the issues you are experiencing in relation to your health or disability. The Assessor will complete a Needs Assessment Report which will include recommendations (as appropriate) for support which may help you to perform your job role and working duties.

When we asked the recipients of our Access to Work Service, Overall how would you rate the Access to Work Holistic Assessment service (the assessment completed in your place of work: 94% agreed our service was either good, very good or excellent.

“First class service and took time to understand my issues and needs non judgmental.  His knowledge of neurodiverse conditions was great.”

40-45 year old, female from Wales

“From start to finish I have had wonderful help in sorting out my hearing problems for work its brilliant to have such assistance in place just wish I had known about the Roger Pen sooner!”

65 year old, female from London

It was a pleasure and joy to be involved in such a successful health event which I feel was very effective in enabling service users to gain information and raise awareness of the local services and support available for them. It was very well organised and run – so very well done!

Rafeed Rashid
NHS Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor

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