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Mental health recovery and employment

Mental Health, Recovery and Employment

Caroline Thorpe – Employment Specialist

Lee Humphreys – Independent Consultant


  • Turn to the person next to you and introduce yourself.

  • Now introduce yourself again BUT this time introduce yourself on the understanding that work is not part of your life, that includes all the things that work allows you to do.

Lee s story
Lee’s Story

The impact of unemployment

The ips model 1
The IPS Model (1)

An evidence based model with 8 key principles:

  • Competitive employment

  • Zero exclusion - it is open to all those who want to work

  • Jobs found are consistent with people's preferences

  • Job search starts within 4-6 weeks, minimal reliance on pre-vocational training

The ips model 2
The IPS Model (2)

  • Co-location of employment specialists into clinical teams

  • Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person's work preferences

  • It provides time unlimited, individualised support for the person and their employer

  • Benefits counselling is included.

The evidence for ips
The Evidence for IPS

  • A large proportion of people with serious mental health problems can, with support, gain and retain open employment

  • Versus Sheltered workshops

  • Versus Pre-vocational training

  • Supported employment

  • European Randomised Control Trial

Recovery and ips
Recovery and IPS

  • Development of an employment pathway

  • Links with the development of Recovery Colleges

  • Place and Train – European research project

  • Stories of Hope

    ‘Just wanted to say many thanks for all the help provided….. I'm really enjoying doing my job and doing something that I really enjoy makes all the difference’

Lee s story1
Lee’s Story

Employment and my Recovery Journey

Ips in mersey care
IPS in Mersey Care

  • Specialist Trust

  • 2 IPS providers

  • Network Employment since 1996

  • 2011 organisational change to fully implement the IPS model

How we did it 1
How we did it (1)

  • Employment Advisors co-located and integrated into the Community Mental Health Teams

  • Employment notes integrated into clinical information systems

  • Specialist operational lead for service

How we did it 2
How we did it (2)

  • Maintained Network Employment brand

  • Centralised point of contact and admin for the employment team

  • Specialist vocational unit with peer support alongside becoming part of CMHT

Focus on employment 1
Focus on Employment (1)

  • Practice supervision, shadowing and joint visits

  • Personal development plans done jointly with Employment Specialist and relevant CMHT manager

  • Weekly group supervision/team meeting

  • Distinct record keeping systems for employer contacts, employment activity logs and timesheets

Focus on employment 2
Focus on Employment (2)

  • Person Centred Planning

  • Buddy system maintained and joint sales days arranged

  • Marketing materials, leaflets and stands

Key learning 1
Key Learning (1)

  • Importance of clear focus on employment and maintaining values

  • Building relationships with CMHT colleagues

  • Employment Advisors carrying out all aspects of employment support

Key learning 2
Key Learning (2)

  • Offering a retention service

  • Operational Lead

  • Importance of peer support within the employment service

  • Valuing the specialist role


  • Increased referrals

    2010 84

    2011 92

    2012 190

  • 22 job starts

  • 749 employer contacts

Lee s story2
Lee’s Story

When do we talk about work?

Thank you for listening
Thank you for listening

Any Questions?