The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Individual Placement and Support project finished in August 2016.


Employment is a key building block of recovery and leads to improvements in mental and physical health, increased social inclusion, increased economic welfare, reduced use of NHS and social care services. There is overwhelming international evidence that IPS is the most effective and efficient way of helping people with severe and enduring mental illness into competitive employment. While this is encouraging for those who have access to an IPS Employment Specialist, the option is still not available for large numbers of people who would like help and support in finding suitable work across the East Midlands.

You can pdfread some service user stories here from people who have experienced recovery through work.


  • Facilitate the implementation and development of IPS in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire NHS Trust's
  • Map current employment support provision against the eight IPS principles via Fidelity Reviews
  • Relevant Trust staff trained in the IPS approach to employment support
  • Establish a regional network of IPS practitioners and services to utilise existing expertise and experience, plus support emerging services

Patient and public leadership

Service users will be actively encouraged and supported financially to participate in all activities including recruitment of staff, undertaking presentations to staff and service user groups, participation in fidelity reviews and will be key team members of steering groups within each Trust involved.

Key stakeholders from the community will be informed and consulted via the Mental Health and Employment Managed Innovation Network (MIN).

Measuring IPS implementation – fidelity reviews

Fidelity refers to the degree which a particular programme follows the standards for an evidence-based practice. The Supported Employment fidelity scale defines the key ingredients of IPS in order to differentiate between programmes that follow IPS and those that don't. Fidelity reviews will monitor service development. IPS has been shown to be more effective the more closely it follows the eight principles.

IPS principle 1 IPS principle 2 IPS principle 3 IPS principle 4
 Eligibility is based  on individual choice  - no exclusion criteria  Supported employment is  integrated with clinical teams  Competitive employment  is the primary goal  Job search is rapid (begins within 4 wks)

IPS principle 5 IPS principle 6 IPS principle 7 IPS principle 8
 Job finding and all assistance  is individualised   Employers are approached with the needs  of individuals in mind  Follow-along supports are continuous  Financial planning is provided


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Useful resources
pdfBuilding a career of your choice: Recovery through work - this booklet tells you everything you need to know about IPS and is aimed at people with mental health needs. Health professionals, carers, friends and family are also encouraged to read this very practical guide.

You can also visit the Centre for Mental Health's website or Dartmouth IPS Supported Employment Center.

IPS pdfpresentation by Dr Rachel Perkins OBE. Rachel is a leading expert on IPS and its implementation.

pdfClinical Commissioning Group Briefing Paper on IPS 1

pdfClinical Commissioning Group Briefing Paper on IPS 2 - NICE Quality Statement