Use IPS to help yourself or others into work

Why use IPS?

Suitable work is good for wellbeing
Getting back into employment can be a vital part of a recovery journey. People experiencing severe mental illness who find paid work show reduced symptoms, gain financial independence, and have improved quality of life.

IPS works
Compared with traditional support, IPS has been proven in numerous studies to help more people with severe mental illness back into work more quickly. On average, people receiving IPS keep their jobs longer, earn more, and spend less time in hospital. That’s why NICE recommends mental health services to provide IPS to their users.

IPS helps you get a job that meets your needs
IPS employment specialists tailor their support to each individual so that clients have the best chance of achieving their job aspirations. Advisers have low caseloads so they have time to offer clients intensive support.

What is IPS?

IPS is the leading model to help people with severe mental illness into work. It is a model of supported employment, which means it aims to help people find paid jobs within just weeks of being referred to the service. Then it continues to work with both employer and employee to sustain the job placement for as long as possible, or to help the client into a different job.

IPS is based on eight key principles. These include a focus on competitive employment, rather than volunteering or sheltered work; zero exclusion, open to all who want to work; and close integration between employment specialists and mental health teams. 

Find services near me

There are 17 IPS services recognised by the Centre for Mental Health as “Centres of Excellence”. A list of these can be found on their website.