What is IPS?
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.
It aims to get people into competitive employment – Volunteering or sheltered word 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.
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.
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There are 17 IPS services recognised by the Centre for Mental Health as ‘Centre of Excellence”.
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