Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

By: Lynne Peters   Comments off 195 Views0

Amanda is the keynote at an employer event on July 5th with colleagues from Adviser Plus discussing mental health and the workplace. Amanda will explain what stress is, and how it presents for us all including lost production and presenteeism and what companies can do. She will describe how Workplace+ can be used cost effectively to provide a starting point for a conversation and skill staff, and increase confidence.

Professor Kirby publishes innovative work

By: Lynne Peters   Comments off 266 Views0

Benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BECTS) is a common childhood epilepsy syndrome also known as Rolandic Epilepsy (RE). Neurocognitive phenotypes have been described with greater focus on attention, reading and language domains but there have been far fewer studies focusing on motor functioning. This study included measures of motor, language and cognition in order to investigate the range, degree and pattern of difficulties associated with BECTS in a case series of children, but with a particular emphasis on motor skills. This is the first paper to demonstrate the variability across cognitive areas , reinforcing once again the need to take a person centred approach to supporting individuals with learning difficulties.

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Talking about Workplace+

By: Lynne Peters   Comments off 334 Views0

Amanda Kirby is a keynote speaker at the conference run by British Dyslexia Association:

From Individual to Infrastructure: Enabling Success for Adults with Dyslexia – Friday 28th April 2017, Watford.

She is talking about Workplace+ and how it can be used in work settings with trainees, apprentices and employees. Additionally, how there is a need to ensure processes and policies are in place to support people with Dyslexia and other learning challenges.

About Me Passport

By: Lynne Peters   Comments off 437 Views0

Great to see the About Me Passport launched. Professor Kirby was a part of the group developing this and now available to download for jobseekers with learning difficulties, disabilities or other barriers to provide information on their best methods of having good conversations and guidance.


Download it, print it out, complete it and then starting using it!  About me Passport

Reported mental health challenges common in unemployed – person centred approaches important

By: Lynne Peters   Comments off 443 Views0

The latest research bulletin from Do-IT Solutions shows the interaction between mental health, learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and job outcomes.  See attached bulletin for more detail. With 54% of people reporting mental health challenges in a Work Programme cohort, there is a  need for advisors to be able to ask appropriate questions and have sufficient training to see how this may impact on confidence and competence in gaining employment. We found that 13% of the sample also reported having learning difficulties such as Dyslexia. The challenge in reality is not everyone has one condition and the patterns of overlap were variable so some people had anxiety, depression and dyslexia for example.

First impressions count

By: Lynne Peters   Comments off 377 Views0

First impressions count! In 2500 Work Choice candidates, those reporting they were not interested in their appearance at all or very little influenced their job outcomes.By explaining this  finding to candidates and supporting them in their preparation for interviews this can make a difference to their job outcomes.

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