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