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:

  1. It aims to get people into competitive employment
  2. It is open to all those who want to work
  3. It tries to find jobs consistent with people’s preferences
  4. It works quickly/rapid job search
  5. It brings employment specialists into clinical teams
  6. Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person’s work preferences
  7. It provides time unlimited and individualised support for the client and their employer
  8. 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