Zenzero supports mental health and employment initiative in Essex


May 2017: Zenzero Solutions announce they have been working with an NHS team in Essex to deliver a new employability programme.

Enable East is an innovative, independent NHS team dedicated to providing cost effective support, services and training to other organisations on a flexible basis.
The team successfully secured a grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver ‘HeadsUp’ – a three-year programme supporting people with mental health problems back into the workplace after long-term unemployment.

Rachel Jennings, Programme Manager at Enable East explains, “We know that a high proportion of those claiming unemployment benefits in Essex experience mental health problems. The majority of people with mental health problems want to work but the support that they need is not always available. In Essex, we have identified that there is currently a gap in terms of the support available for the largest group of people – those with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.”

As part of HeadsUp, Enable East required a management information system to monitor the mental health outcomes of the participants. They needed to securely store participant details in a database, that could be accessed only by those who needed it, and was user friendly.

Seb Harvey, Technical Architect at Zenzero says, “We have built a cloud hosted custom solution for Enable East. The main objective of the system is to provide a secure, web based application, which will act as a comprehensive employability tracking tool and store information about the individuals seeking and engaged in work during the project.

“We utilised our platform, Neptune – which is a form builder workflow engine, that allows us to quickly configure customer solutions without the need for extensive development.  We have created a secure, permission based database to allow 20 users from three partnerships to access and record this data.”

Rachel continues, “Zenzero were selected after running a rigorous procurement process to ensure that the partner we chose could not only deliver to our complex requirements, but also provide the best value. We had worked Zenzero before, so we were familiar with their friendly approach, and their ability to deliver quality solutions on time and on budget.”

Ken Baxter, Managing Director at Zenzero concludes, “We are delighted to be working with the Enable East team to support them in delivering their HeadsUp programme. Projects such as this are tremendously important to communities across the UK. It is all about delivering operational excellence; and our work demonstrates the value that technology can bring to projects, by enabling organisations to achieve their goals.”

Enable East operates as part of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT).

They are an innovative, independent NHS team that assists other health and social care organisations to deliver effective projects and measurable improvements. A ‘common sense’ alternative to commercial management consultants, Enable East offers a safe pair of hands and a fresh pair of eyes at competitive NHS rates.

Enable East was fully established in 2010.

1) The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.
2) It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
3) Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
4) The project has received up to £1.8 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding