TypeIPS Employment Service
Having a job can bring numerous benefits to people; routine, structure, identity, social opportunities, a purpose, as well as a wage or salary. We know having a job can help people with mental health conditions to recover.
At present, only around 4% of people receiving support from secondary mental health services are in paid employment, while studies suggest almost 90% of people with serious and enduring mental health conditions want to work. Many of them can, and the IPS Employment Team aims to provide the right support to help this happen.
IPS stands for “Individual Placement and Support”. It is an evidence-based approach to helping people with mental health conditions find and keep a paid job.
Who is this service for? The IPS Employment Service is open to anyone who is currently unemployed and is looking for paid employment, and is currently engaged with the Planned Care & Recovery (PCART) service, with the Forensic Team, or with the Early Intervention (NSTEP) team.
How to access this service: Please ask your care co-ordinator to make a referral if you wish to access this service. You may also contact us directly via the contact details available here.
AddressCampbell House , Campbell Square, Northamptonshire, NN5 6UD
Contact us and opening hours
IPS Employment Team
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Telephone: 01604 658986 (Answer machine available out of these hours or when staff are out of the office).
Your Employment Specialist can support you in a wide range of different ways to find and keep a job, including:
Supporting you to explore the sort of work you would like to do
Helping you to create or update your CV
Assisting with job searching and applications
Providing information about vocational training
Help you to get a Better Off in Work calculation
Approach employers that you want to work for
Help you make a plan for staying healthy in work
Assist you to decide what to say about your health to potential employers
Help you request adjustments or support from employers
Support you and your employer for as long as you need while in work
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has Employment Specialists covering:
Daventry, Towcester and South Northants
Wellingborough & East Northants
as well as countywide specialists in Forensic and Early Intervention teams.
More information on IPS is available from the Centre for Mental Heath
IPS runs according to 8 key principles:
- It aim to help people into competitive paid employment
- It is open to all those who want to work – people are not excluded because of their diagnosis or current mental wellbeing.
- It tries to find jobs consistent with people’s preferences
- It works quickly
- Employment Specialists work inside clinical teams
- Employment Specialists develop relationships with employers based on a person’s work preferences
- IPS provides on-going support for the person and their employer
- Benefits advice is included, to make sure the person knows how working will impact their finances.