Most referrals for an IPS service will be through a clinician or by the service user's self referral.

Referrals by clinicians

Some clinicians will need support on how to talk to their clients about employment and instigate referrals to the IPS service. These tools may help.

Tips to mental health clinicians on how to talk about employment with their service users (20 KB)

A work sheet about work for the clinician to complete with the service user (19 KB)

A work sheet about work for the clinician to complete with the service user (CNWL) (93 KB)

A work sheet about work for the clinician to complete with the service user (Dartmouth) (26 KB)

A work sheet about work for the clinician to complete with the service user (Dartmouth) (127 KB)

A tool for helping service users make decisions about returning to work (279 KB)

Work capability assessment

Some clients may have referred themselves because they have been told they are fit for work at their DWP Work Capability Assessment. This section provides information about that assessment.

A guide to the WCA (Rethink) (563 KB)

A list of the questions that your client would be asked at their Work Capability Assessment (72 KB)

A guide to appealing against a WCA (Leicester City Council) (179 KB)

An example of an IPS contract signed by both employment specialist and the client detailing expectations and boundaries (Nottinghamshire) (104 KB)