Individual placement and support (IPS) is an evidence-based supported employment model which helps people with severe and enduring mental health problems find and keep paid employment.
We all know having the right job is good for our mental health. It provides a sense of purpose, structure and routine, increases social connections and offers greater financial independence.
Our service which is funded by NHS England and is a key objective in the NHS Long Term Plan, focuses on supporting people find the right job and supporting them to make the transition from being unemployed to being employed.
For many people being in work is a vital part of their recovery and having the right job is key to being able to sustain employment. We work alongside the clinical team as well as the employer in order to make that transition as smooth as possible.
The model has been rigorously trialled and has consistently demonstrated success when compared with other supported employment models.
Here are some quotations from service users who have used IPS services:
“Going to work is the best cure or medication I can have.”
“I can’t wait to work – it will give me the structure, routine and stability I need and stop me sitting at home thinking about how ill I am.”
“It keeps you motivated and stops you losing everything it gives me hope.”
“I have no purpose if I don’t work.”
“Being at home with no job makes me feel like I am locked in a prison.”
“I really appreciate having an Employment Specialist who believes in me.”