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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Services 

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Service supports those with severe mental health problems to find and retain employment.

When people have been through a period of ill health, work can feel a long way off. People worry about whether they are ready for work, or what an employer would think about the gap in their employment history.

The most important thing is whether a person would like to work again. IPS does not need to wait for a person to "recover", but sees the chance to work as part of the recovery process. Even people who still feel quite unwell are able to succeed with IPS and they feel better! IPS is a proven way of helping people, who have had mental ill health, back to work. It is not a magic wand, but over 50% of people on IPS are successful in finding paid employment (around double the number helped through the best other schemes).

IPS involves an allocated employment worker helping a client towards competitive employment, Job search is consistent with individual preferences and the worker is involved in active approaches to employers following these. The worker is able to help access benefits advice and ensure the return to work plans link to an overall Recovery Care Plan.

The service is one of only 18 IPS Centres of Excellence in the UK. 

Those eligible for the service must be accessing secondary mental health services within Worcestershire.  

Referral flow chart

Paul Wilcox, Employment Services Coordinator for Mental Health, Community Assessment and Recovery Services

Tel: 01905 734559 // email: paul.wilcox@nhs.net 


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