An Evaluation of the ‘IPS in IAPT’ Psychological Wellbeing and Work Feasibility Pilot

This paper provides an evaluation of a 6 month pilot project, providing specialised employment support for people with common mental health conditions claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The piloted model involved the integration of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) – a model of supported employment, into primary mental health care services – the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) programme. The evaluation is on both the effectiveness of the model in achieving employment outcomes, and the feasibility of the model for larger scale pilots.

This was one of four pilots, commissioned by Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health through the Cabinet Office’s Contestable Policy Fund. The pilots were developed based on recommendation of the 2014 RAND Europe report, ‘Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes’

Authors: Karen Steadman and Rosemary Thomas

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