IPS (Individual Placement and Support) supports people with severe mental health difficulties into employment. It involves intensive, individual support, a rapid job search followed by placement in paid employment, and time-unlimited in-work support for both the employee and the employer.
IPS has been shown to be more effective the more closely it follows these eight principles:
- It aims to get people into competitive employment
- It is open to all those who want to work
- It tries to find jobs consistent with people’s preferences
- It works quickly
- It brings employment specialists into clinical teams
- Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person’s work preferences
- It provides time unlimited, individualised support for the person and their employer
- Benefits counselling is included.
Source: Dartmouth IPS Supported Employment Center website.
Miles Rinaldi, Head of Recovery and Social Inclusion at South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, explains Individual Placement and Support:
There is now overwhelming international evidence that ‘place then train’ models – and IPS in particular – are much more effective than traditional approaches (such as vocational training and sheltered work) in successfully getting people into work.
The EQOLISE project compared IPS with other vocational / rehabilitation services in six European countries, and concluded that:
- IPS clients were twice as likely to gain employment (55% v. 28%) and worked for significantly longer;
- The total costs for IPS were generally lower than standard services over first 6 months;
- Individuals who gained employment had reduced hospitalisation
See how the IPS model is supporting people into work and improving lives, through this clip from Central and North West London (CNWL).