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IPS Mental Health Vocational Rehabilitation & Recovery Coaching

What Is IPS?

IPS stands for Individual Placement and Support. It is an evidence based model of Vocational Rehabilitation which supports people with mental health conditions into mainstream paid employment.
Essentially IPS practitioners believe it is the job opportunity itself that breeds recovery. It recognises that mainstream job opportunities brings personal fulfillment, a sense of purpose, a sense of identity, friendships, relationships, structure, achievements, financial rewards and a meaningful role in society, promoting social inclusion for people who experience mental health conditions.

The IPS model of supporting people with mental health conditions into employment aligns Vocational Recovery Coaches with clinical teams and believes in eight core principles:

It aims to get people into competitive employment


It is open to all those who want to work


It tries to find jobs consistent with people’s preferences


It works quickly/rapid job search


It brings employment specialists into clinical teams


Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person’s work preferences


It provides time unlimited and individualised support for the client and their employer


Welfare Benefits supported transitions are integrated where relevant


The Individual Placement and support model believes in

Getting people into competitive employment first with training and support on the job


Constant attention to equality and mainstream social inclusion.


Does not need cure or ‘work ready position’ to begin supporting people, only a person wanting to work


Focuses on skills and attributes


Promotes hope


Creates a working relationship of empowerment and possibility


Being solution focused


Problem solving


Uses clinical team to manage and adapt mental health treatment in accordance with employment support and related challenges


Identifying and addressing service users and professionals limiting beliefs


Accommodates mental health conditions and related disclosure in recruitment process


Negotiates reasonable adjustments within job/career to incorporate challenges that may occur due to fluctuating mental health conditions


Ongoing vocational support to both employer and client/ in work support

What does a Vocational Recovery Coach do to help me?

Initiates and builds a collaborative relationship with my mental health care professionals


Discusses my work history and transferable skills, even if I haven’t worked or have employment gaps


Helps me identify my job goals in line with my values


Helps me writing my CV


Helps me with application forms


Helps introduce me to employers to discuss job opportunities and ways forward


Helps me prepare for job interviews


Helps me identity my barriers to employment and look for solutions and ways of moving forward into sustainable employment


Works with my medical team to help support my mental health needs into employment


Helps me regain my independence by helping me to utilise my personal and professional support networks


Helps me with welfare benefits when returning to work


Works with my employer to manage my support needs and professional development

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