People with mental health conditions who need more support to get into work than is available through mainstream welfare to work services.
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based, cost-effective approach to supporting people with mental health conditions into work. It integrates treatment and employment support as integral to an individual’s recovery and focuses on open, competitive employment that fits with an individual’s needs and preferences. It is different to traditional supported employment approaches, which often offer people training first and then help them to get a job. Instead, IPS includes rapid job search and getting people into work as soon as possible. Then both employee and employer receive personalised support for as long as they need it.
Visit the Centre for Mental Health website: http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/employment/ips.aspx . Download the independent Perkins Review (2009), Realising Ambitions at http://www.dwp.gov.uk > enter title in search box.
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