Centres of excellence

We have selected 17 sites to be Centres of Excellence in supporting people who use mental health services into employment.

Services in Barnet, Bradford, Central and North West London, Coventry, Devon, Essex, Lincolnshire, Manchester, Mersyside, North Staffordshire, Nottingham, Shropshire, Somerset, Stafford, Sussex, Walsall and Worcestershire have committed to being partners in the programme. 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 base employment services for people with mental health problems on the evidence of what works best. 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 Centres of Excellence project is based on a similar scheme developed in the US by Dartmouth Medical School, with the support of Johnson & Johnson. Both are offering their assistance to the project to ensure that we learn from international experience and share our learning with other countries.

IPS Open Days

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.

Each year the Centres hold open days during which managers, clinicians, employment specialists and service users share their experience of running and using the service. It is an ideal opportunity for 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.

Centres of excellence partners


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

Bradford

Contact: [email protected]

Barnet

Contact: [email protected]

Lincolnshire

Contact: [email protected]

Shropshire

Contact: [email protected]

Essex

Contact: [email protected]

CNWL

Contact: [email protected]

Somerset

Contact: [email protected]

Sussex

Contact: [email protected]
Contact: [email protected]

Devon

Contact: [email protected]

Nottingham

Contact: [email protected]

Worcestershire

Contact: [email protected]

Dudley and Walsall

Contact: [email protected]

Manchester

Contact: [email protected]

Stafford

Contact: [email protected]

North Staffordshire

Contact: [email protected]

Merseyside (Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby)

Contact: [email protected]

Contact: [email protected]