Mobile: 07880 460509
Service opening hours: 9am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
Lead contact name: Mark Fryett
What is Individual Placement Support (IPS)?
Our Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service supports adults who have severe mental health difficulties and who are receiving care from our community teams and who want to work, to move into paid employment.
IPS provides people with the right support to develop employability skills including looking at how to apply for jobs, how to create a CV, interview techniques and with work-related area including benefit calculations and budgeting.
The service also involves intensive, individual support, and rapid job search support followed by placement into paid employment followed up by unlimited in-work support for both the individual and their employer.
The IPS team
We have 15 employment advisors, three team leaders and one service lead spread across the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust area.
The team has a wealth of experience of liaising with employers to help people experiencing mental health conditions or with other needs find suitable work opportunities.
The IPS team achieves twice the rate of job outcomes for people with severe mental illness versus traditional employment support.
People who find paid work through the IPS service have reduced relapse rates, spend fewer days in hospital, keep their jobs for longer and earn more per hour, versus traditional employment support*.
The National Institute for health and care excellence (NICE) recommends mental health services provide IPS to their patients.
For more information and to get support from our IPS service
If you receive care from one of our community mental health teams, and experience severe mental health difficulties, and want to find paid employment, contact our IPS team to find out more about the service. You can also refer yourself to the service.
Email the team on email@example.com or contact your community mental health team.
*The EQOLISE project compared IPS with other vocational / rehabilitation services in six European countries, and concluded that: “IPS clients were twice as likely to gain employment (55% v. 28%) and worked for significantly longer. Individuals who gained employment had reduced hospitalisation.
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