IPS Employment support
Socially, psychologically and economically, having a paid job is a good thing for people living with mental health problems. •
Government policy is geared towards encouraging people into work, and in recent years many of the barriers in the benefits system have been overcome. •
- An approach called Individual Placement and Support (IPS) has a good evidence base. A meta-analysis of 11 RCTs of IPS found an overall employment rate of 61% compared to 23% for controls. It is based on the following principles:
1. Competitive employment is the primary goal, not sheltered work nor lengthy job preparation.
2. Everyone is eligible regardless of issues such as diagnosis or perceived job readiness; the process is driven by a person’s preference and choice of job.
3. Rapid job placement is sought, with support and training on the job as required.
4. Ongoing support and career development are not time-limited.
5. The supporters have a good knowledge of mental illness and work closely with mental health services, ideally they should be co-located.