Individualised Placement and Support (IPS) is a health and employment intervention with a significant, international evidence base. It supports unemployed people with a mental health problem to gain and sustain appropriate, paid work. It departs from previous employment support for this group, where it was assumed that people’s mental health needed to be improved or stabilised before they could move on to employment support. In IPS employment specialists and mental health experts sit in the same team.
The evidence on effectiveness has impacted on policy too, with The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in England setting out ambitious targets for doubling the number of IPS services to enable 20,000 more people each year to find work.
IPS is an example of evidence having an impact on policy and practice and you can read more about it in the case study.