What is the evidence?

the evidence

There is a plethora of international evidence that the ‘place then train’ approach is more effective than traditional approaches (such as vocational training and sheltered work) in successfully getting people into work.

The  EQOLISE project  compared IPS with other vocational services in six European countries and concluded that:

  • IPS achieves twice the rate of job outcomes for people with severe mental illness versus traditional employment support
  • IPS clients have reduced relapse and spend fewer days in the hospital
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 needsIPS 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.

More about IPS

The Centre for Mental Health has been promoting IPS for over a decade. They have:

  • Published multiple reports on IPS and its implementation in different contexts
  • Conduct fidelity reviews
  • Run the Centre of Excellence programme

Hear our Story

Hear some of the recovery stories from IPS clients across the UK


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Mental Health Services Data Set (Jan 2018)

Rinaldi, Perkins et al, Individual placement and support: from research to practice. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment vol 14 (2008)

NICE guidance for psychosis and schizophrenia in adults – Quality statement 5 (Feb 2015)

Bond, G. (2013) Evidence for the Effectiveness of Individual Placement and Support Model of Supported Employment

Hoffmann et al, “Long-Term Effectiveness of Supported Employment: Five-Year Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial” (May 2014): Study of 100 participants in Switzerland over 5 years

Burns, T., White, S., Catty, J. (2008) Individual Placement and Support in Europe: the EQOLISE trial

Bond, G. R., Becker, D. R., & Drake, R. E. (2011). Measurement of Fidelity of Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: Case Example of the IPS Fidelity Scale and Kim et al (2015). Predictive validity of the Individual Placement and Support fidelity scale (IPS-25): A replication study

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