1. Setting up an IPS service


With IPS Centres of Excellence throughout the UK, there is a wealth of experience on setting up an IPS service from scratch and converting supported employment services into IPS services.


Funding IPS

One of the biggest challenges in setting up an IPS service in today's climate is acquiring funding. In this section are a variety of resources that may help you to identify and acquire funding for your service.


















Mental Health and employment

Vocational Strateg​​​​​​​y

Processes and policies

A good IPS service needs clear policies and guidelines for both staff and service users. In this section are some of the policies and processes that have been implemented by existing IPS services.





Self employment

Self employment has been under represented as a supported employment option for people with mental health conditions and yet is a very flexible route into paid work. It can work for people for whom employment (a job) will not work or is likely to be unsustainable.

User employment programs

Some NHS Trusts have implemented User Employment Programs to encourage people with mental health conditions to apply for jobs within the Trust.

Human Resources

Setting up a good team is vital to a successful IPS service Employment specialists, Vocational Team Leaders, IPS regional Trainers and Occupational Therapists all play an important role in an IPS service.

Vocational Team Leader

The Vocational Team Leader is the direct line manager for the employment specialists in an IPS service.





Vocational Champion OT

IPS Employment specialists should be colocated within the Community mental health team. Day to day supervision is normally provided by the CMHT Vocational Champion (often an OT).

Occupational Therapist

Employment specialists

The employment specialist works with the service user to help them into sustainable employment. This section provides tools to help recruit and develop good employment specialists








IPS Regional Trainer

An IPS regional trainer helps IPS services increase their outcomes and fidelity to the IPS model. In the UK Sussex, CNWL and Shropshire have all had IPS regional trainers.

Data collection

A good IPS service measures the outcomes achieved by it's employment specialists. This section provides some sample data collection forms.

An IPS outcomes data collection form (25 KB)

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10/08/2020 - 17:27

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