The City Strategyis a Department for Work and Pensions initiative that aims to tackle worklessness in our most disadvantaged communities across the UK. Local partners are encouraged to combine and align their efforts based on shared priorities, with freedom to introduce new ideas and to offer bespoke services according to local need.
Leicester has been designated as one of 15 pathfinderareas and it is hoped the City Strategy will achieve the Government target of 80% employment. In the process, the success of the programme will not only increase the number of people in work but also tackle child poverty.
In Leicester, the programme is operated by Employment Opportunitiesunder the name of "Ability Works" and HealthWebWide is the partner organisation responsible for the health aspects of a return-to-work strategy for disabled people.
The strength of this unique partnership derives from the compelling synergy between HealthWebWide and Employment Opportunities. Together, we will ensure those most disadvantaged in the labour market can receive the help and guidance they need and we are confident of achieving a significant increase in local employment rates.
Launched in 2008, the City Strategy project ended in 2011.
Key members of the "Ability Works" Clinical Team
Dr Teck Khong entered general practice in 1982 after registrar training in psychiatry, respiratory medicine, neurology, gastroenterology and rheumatology. His experience also includes working in the criminal justice system as a forensic physician and in transport sector as a company doctor for First Bus. His clinical experience and understanding of the occupational aspects of healthcare underpins the mission-critical role of his contribution to the partnership between HealthWebWide and Employment Opportunities to deliver the objectives of the City Strategy for Leicester.
Mrs Joanna Dadge has 36 years' clinical experience, initially in orthopaedics, acute medical and surgical care, midwifery, and trauma and casualty. More recently, she has focused on a variety of specialties including GP nursing with interests in asthma, contraception and sexual health. Additionally, she conducts clinics in coronary heart disease, diabetes, travel immunisation, menopause, audiometry and sight-testing. She is also an accredited assessor for Marie Curie Nurses and a Clinical Nurse Trainer. Joanna completed a post-graduate diploma in counselling at LeicesterUniversity and has a Masters degree in counselling.
Mrs Joanna Dadge
'Unemployment on Merseyside' (Courtesy of Museum of Liverpool)
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