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