The Individual Placement and Support Fidelity Scale is an excellent tool for:

  • Designing an Individual Placement and Support service
  • Determining the extent to which an existing employment service is an IPS service
  • Identifying the potential causes of a poorly performing employment service

You can use the IPS Fidelity Scale to self-assess your service. Self-assessment is a good start for establishing which areas you need to improve on to become an IPS service.

If you are scoring good to high fidelity, you may want to consider an Independent Fidelity Review to confirm your scoring with the possibility of being invited to become an IPS Centre of Excellence. An Independent Fidelity Review assures Trusts, Providers and Commissioners of the effectiveness of your organisation and delivery of IPS.

The Fidelity Scale is the translation of the 8 principles into 25 items that a service can be scored against. The higher the score, the greater the quality of the IPS service and the higher the expected job outcomes.

Self assess your employment service

Below is the UK version of the IPS fidelity scale in its entirety. Please feel free to use it to self-assess your service - you can download the form below.

​For each item score your service 1-5; you can achieve a maximum of 125 points. Base your scoring on the actual evidence you have, not on what you would like to do, or what you plan to do in the future.

Last updated 01/03/2019