Helping people who experience severe mental health conditions to access employment opportunities

Who are we

The Individual Placement and Support Employment Service (IPS) helps people who experience severe mental health conditions to access employment opportunities.

The service is available to service users that are currently with our Community Mental Health (Adult Locality) Teams or the CAMEO service. Our service has employment specialists that are located across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area who will work closely with you, the mental health teams and employers to help and support you in finding and retaining employment.

IPS is an evidence-based employment programme that helps people to find jobs and then provides support to the employee and employer to sustain the job once they have started work.

IPS has been proven in numerous studies to help more people with severe mental illness back into work more quickly compared with traditional support. Finding employment can help with your recovery by improving your confidence, self-esteem and enabling independence. Diagnosis does not predict whether you can work; wanting to work and believing you can do it is the most important factor. You do not have to be 100% well to start the employment journey and returning to work can support recovery.

The service can help you to develop your career in a supportive environment with a programme to suit your individual needs, so that you have the best chance of achieving your job aspirations.

How do I access the service?

If you would like to access the IPS service, please ask your care co-ordinator or key worker to refer.

An employment specialist will contact you to discuss your options and tell you more about the service. If you feel the service would help you, future appointments will be arranged at an agreed time and place.

The IPS service is provided from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

The page was last updated on 23 January 2020 by andrea.bateman.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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