Centres of Excellence

We have recognised a number of IPS services across England as Centres of Excellence™ in supporting people who use mental health services into employment.

They will act as exemplars of how Individual Placement and Support (IPS) can be implemented in localities across England.

These areas will demonstrate how to implement the evidence of what works best in providing employment services for people with mental health problems. In each site, the local mental health trust will work with partners in employment services, local authorities and other agencies to offer people effective support to get into paid work. The learning from these sites will be shared with other areas of England.

The IPS Centres of Excellence™ are exemplary in their use of the IPS model and the job outcomes they achieve for people with severe and enduring mental illness.

The Centres of Exellence™ welcome organisations and commissioners interested in setting up an IPS employment service and/or new IPS services that wish to learn from a more experienced service.

Do you have more questions on what it means to be a Centre of Excellence?

Check out our Centres of Excellence FAQ page


Centres of excellence partners

The full list of partners in the Centres of Excellence programme is:


Contact: elizabetha@betterpathways.org.uk


Contact: nosheen.zabir@bdct.nhs.uk


Contact: Dominic.Parkinson@BLGmind.org.uk

Central and North West London


Contact: lynn.aggett@nhs.net

Dudley and Walsall


Contact: Raza@nhs.net

Essex (Veterans specific service)

Contact: amy@wwtw.org.uk

Greater Manchester (Veterans specific service)

Contact: amy@wwtw.org.uk


Contact: Jan.Hadfield@landau.co.uk

Haringey IAPT

Contact: David.Harper@shaw-trust.org.uk


Contact: Sara.Brewin@LPFT.nhs.uk

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Contact: amelia@wwtrust.co.uk

Merseyside (Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby)

Contact: jane.holland@merseycare.nhs.uk


Contact: julie.swann@nottshc.nhs.uk



Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Contact: simonj.wilson@combined.nhs.uk



Contact: Mariana.Law@RichmondFellowship.org.uk


Contact: paul.wilcox@nhs.net

Last updated: 6th May, 2020