IPS is based on 8 evidence based principles
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.