Briefing 44: Implementing what works

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The impact of the Individual Placement and Support regional trainer

2 February 2012

Centre for Mental Health worked alongside Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Southdown Supported Employment, a not-for-profit sector provider of employment services that works in partnership with the mental health trust, to test whether locating a 'regional trainer' across both the Trust and Southdown could speed up the development and efficacy of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) within their services.

The role was based on the State Trainer model that was developed and is widely used in the United States for this purpose.

Over the 12 months of the pilot the number of people accessing the Trust's mental health services obtaining paid work through the IPS service more than doubled the target of 125. Over all 286 individuals found paid employment over the twelve month period using the IPS service.  

Audience: employment services.

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