IPS in addictions services

The East Sussex Drug & Alcohol Employment Service, funded by East Sussex County Council and delivered by Southdown IPS Centre of Excellence, was a one-year pilot which aimed to test the effectiveness of offering IPS employment support to clients with alcohol or substance misuse needs.  Employment Specialists worked closely with local providers of drug & alcohol services to ensure that employment support was provided in addition to individual treatment programmes.

The pilot ended on the 30th June 2015 and Southdown are in the process of compiling a full end of service report for review by its funders. Initial findings look positive; the service received 130 referrals in total, and 83 of these referrals were accepted onto the service. The service achieved 18 paid outcomes, with an additional 45 voluntary and education outcomes, and 55% of clients had sustained their paid employment for at least 3 months.

For further information please contact Saxon Chadwick, IPS Contract Manager, at s.chadwick@southdownhousing.org or Lisa Kirby, IPS Team Manager, at l.kirby@southdownhousing.org

IPS in collaboration with Mind and JobCentre Plus 

This pilot project was a joint venture involving Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust IPS Centre of Excellence, Mind in Taunton and West Somerset and JobCentre Plus. The project used the Individual Placement and Support model to support JobCentre Plus customers with moderate to severe mental health needs into paid work.

The Strategic Health Authority provided funding for the twelve-month pilot (April 2011-March 2012) which was then extended until August 2012. During the pilot project, the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service was delivered to customers of Taunton and Minehead JobCentres who identified that they would like to get a paid job, and felt that they would value support to achieve this goal on the basis of their mental health need. The service was designed for individuals who were not in contact with the secondary mental health services in the locality.

The pilot project achieved an IPS fidelity rating of GOOD (105/125) at the twelve month review. The return to work rate was 50%, matching expectations of an IPS service with this level of fidelity. 

For further information please contact Ed Gillam, IPS Team Manager at Ed.Gillam@sompar.nhs.uk