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.

Potential sources of funding for an IPS service (including the above diagram) (115 KB)

Delivering employment projects: A practical guide for prospective delivery organisations for ‘Building Better Opportunities’

Powerpoint presentation aimed at encouraging commissioners to commission IPS (1.1 MB)

An IPS presentation for commissioners and senior managers (884 KB)

Big Lottery application for funding for the IPS Sussex Regional Trainer (1.1 MB)

PSA 16 Innovation funding application for a Trust mental health Exemplar Employer (247 KB)

PSA 16 Innovation funding application for Sussex Regional Trainer (168 KB)

The case for supporting people with mental health conditions into employment by the London Mental Health and Employment Partnership (1.5 MB)

Leaflet about mental health and employment aimed at clinical commissioning groups (30 KB)

A guide on IPS for clinical commissioning groups on IPS (Southdown) (1.4 MB)

A guide for voluntary sector services working with Work Programme Providers (1.5 MB)

Leaflet about mental health and employment aimed at health and wellbeing boards (28 KB)

This paper provides commissioners and other partners with a strong rationale for investment in the mental health and employment agenda. It is set within the context of QIPP (Simon Francis, Chris Evans) (361 KB)

This study examined the impact of service user employment on service use costs over 10 years among participants in a co-occurring disorders study (USA) (661 KB)

Information about the Right to Control pilot. An opportunity for service users to decide on who provides their employment support (708 KB)

A policy paper on the use of personal health care budgets (678 KB)

Findings into the use of health care budgets (618 KB)

A Gloucestershire 2008 commissioning plan for employment and day services (TriNova) (740 KB)

Mental Health and employment

Much has now been written about the benefits of working to someone's mental health. In this section are the reports commonly quoted in reference to mental illness and employment.

Dame Carol Black's 2008 report on wellbeing and employment (2.3 MB)

A comparison of mental health conditions employment rates against other disabilities 2002-2008 (Riddell) (280 KB)

Workchoice 2012 report showing the statistics for people with mental illnesses (and other disabilities) supported into employment (DWP) (101 KB)

Mental Health and Social Exclusion 2004 report and guide on what more can be done to enable adults with mental health problems to enter and retain work (social exclusion unit) (1.1 MB)

Vocational services for people with severe mental health problems: Commissioning guidance 2006 (DH) (367 KB)

New Horizons: A cross-government vision for mental health and well-being in England for 2010 onwards (DH) (3.2 MB)

A report on employment support for people with a mental health condition (Rachel Perkins) (914 KB)

A powerpoint given by Rachel at the VRA on her report Realising Ambitions (Rachel Perkins 2010) (292 KB)

Work, Recovery and Inclusion is the cross-government plan that sets out how people in contact with secondary mental health services can be better supported into work (NMHDU) (130 KB)

No health without Mental Health - the strategy document for the UK (DH 2011) (705 KB)

The implementation framework for No health without mental health: translating the ideals into actions that can be taken forward by a local organisations (2.8 MB)

Research on the benefits of employment done on service users from Southdown's IPS service (Southdown) (553 KB)

Vocational Strategy

What is the NHS's role in helping people with severe mental illness to return to work? Here are a few examples of NHS vocational strategies.

A report done for the Scottish govt on supporting people with a forensic mental health background into employment (NHS Scotland) (1.6 MB)

IPS service specification for gloucestershire (107 KB)

Vocational Strategy 2010-2015 for Sussex Partbership NHS Foundation Trust (268 KB)

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.

The IPS process at CNWL (286 KB)

The process flow for IPS in Nottinghamshire (315 KB)

Risk disclosure protocol and pack – guidance for staff employment support service (Somerset partnership trust) (41 KB)

A flow diagram showing managing of risk information in an IPS service (590 KB)

Risk assessment guidelines by the department of health (20 KB)

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.

Information about MII enterprise a supported self employment programme (23 KB)

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.

A review of implementing a User Employment Program in an NHS Service (SWLstG) (241 KB)

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.

A comparison of the roles of the OT EMPLOYMENT LEAD AND VOCATIONAL TEAM LEADER in an IPS service (CNWL) (75 KB)

The Supported Employment Supervisor's Toolkit. practical information and tools for supervisors who run employment programs (1.4 MB)

A team leaders guide to peer supervision meetings (Nottingham) (401 KB)

A guide to group supervision meetings (Dartmouth) (156 KB)

A form for supervision meetings between the employment specialist and their line manager (Walsall) (47 KB)

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

A comparison of the roles of Occupational Therapists and Employment Specialists in an IPS Service (CNWL) (114 KB)

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

Role description for IPS employment specialists (SEPT and Employability) (31 KB)

Example interview questions for the recruitment of an IPS Employment Specialist (Share) (194 KB)

The competencies that should be shown by an IPS employment specialist (48 KB)

The skills and knowledge required by a job retention specialist. This document is written for primary care job retention workers but would also be relevant to an IPS Employment specialist providing job retention support (127 KB)

The characteristics, skills and competencies of an employment specialist (29 KB)

National Occupational Standards (NOS) for supported employment practitioners (46 KB)

Employment specialist induction plan form (Worcestershire) (44 KB)

Employment specialist induction plan (CNWL) (77 KB)

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.

A comprehensive description of the role of an IPS regional trainer and the activities they should undertake (46 KB)

Data collection

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

The UK IPS outcomes data collection form (39 KB)

The IPS outcomes data collection form used by CNWL (83 KB)

An IPS outcomes data collection form (25 KB)