IPS has been shown to be more effective the more closely it follows these eight principles:


It aims to get people into competitive employment – Volunteering or sheltered work are not counted as outcomes.

It is open to all those who want to work – With no exclusions based on diagnosis, health condition or benefits claim.

It tries to find jobs consistent with people’s preferences.

It works quickly – Job search starts within four weeks, even if a client has been off work for years.

It brings employment specialists into clinical teams – So that employment becomes a core part of mental health treatment and recovery.

Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based on a person’s work preferences  – Not based on who happens to have jobs.

It provides ongoing, individualised support for the person and their employer – Helping people to keep their jobs at difficult times.

Benefits counselling is included – So no one is made worse off by participating.