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General overview

Stage of development: Complete

Policy sector: Employment and training

Date outcomes contract signed: Feb 2016

Start date of service provision: Apr 2016

Anticipated completion date: Mar 2019

Actual completion date: Oct 2018

Capital raised (minimum): 0 (USD 0)


Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is designed to address the employment support needs of secondary health service users with severe mental health conditions. The IPS service delivery model is based on having an employment advisor embedded in local mental health professional teams and working in a holistic manner with the therapeutic workers. The IPS employment advisor offers a personalised employment support service to the patient based upon their wishes and needs. Support is provided to employer and employee even after a placement has been made, including necessary adaptations.

Target population

Adults registered with a GP in the commissioning area who have or are recovering from a mental health condition and are looking to enter employment.



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • Staffordshire County Council

Involved organisations

Commissioners/outcome payers

Service Providers


Intermediary organisations

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Outcome metrics

  • Metric 1: Successful engagement with IPS services.
  • Metric 2: Participant starts competitive paid job.
  • Metric 3: Job sustainment outcome for 6 weeks
  • Metric 4: Job sustainment outcome for 6 months.
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