Start a career in IPS

Why choose IPS?

Help people fulfill their dreams
Finding suitable work can transform people’s lives, especially people with mental health issues. As an IPS specialist, you will discover what people dream to do, and then help them make it a reality. 

Unleash your creativity
You’ll work with a huge variety of people with different interests, skills, and barriers. You’ll need to be creative and resourceful to help every one of your clients achieve their goals. 

Work with others
You’ll be the employment expert in a team of mental health professionals. That means working with clinicians, service users, employers and others to get the best outcomes for your clients. 

What does a career look like?

One moment working closely with service users to set goals, refine their CVs, or practice interview techniques, the next discussing roles with employers, the next sitting with clinical teams in review meetings - an IPS specialist never has the same day twice. If you are passionate, creative, and solution-oriented, good at building partnerships and growing trust, and believe that everyone can succeed, working as an IPS specialist could be a varied and rewarding career for you.

Online Course

Discover the key IPS principles and best practices for employment specialists through our e-learning course - Supporting People with Health Conditions Into Work: Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

On this course, you will learn how IPS is an effective way of supporting those with mental health and other health problems into paid employment and why it’s important. You will explore the role of the employment specialist, and learn the main IPS principles and best practices to help your clients reach their full potential, and feel supported throughout their employment journey.

What's required of me?

For more detail about the qualities that IPS services look for in staff, please see the following competency framework (for employment specialists and team leaders) and sample job descriptions for IPS roles.

Competency framework

Sample competency framework for IPS roles.


Job description - ES

This is a sample job description for the role of an IPS employment specialist. 


Job description - TL

This is a sample job description for the role of an IPS team leader. 


Frequency Asked Questions - Working in IPS

FAQs document for working in IPS


What makes a good Employment Specialist?

An infographic of the key traits and attitudes which make a great Employment Specialist


Group Exercise Item List

Item List for Assessment Day - Group Exercise