Evaluation of IPS alongside IAPT services

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This report evaluates a scheme that provided employment support based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, alongside the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

The pilot was 1 of 4 commissioned by the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions based on recommendations in the 2014 report Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving Service Provision and Outcomes. It was designed to test service design, methods of tracking findings and initial effects.

The evaluation shows positive feedback from service providers and participants, and provides recommendations and invaluable learning for a second phase pilot. These lessons will be acted on by Growth Deal mental health and employment trailblazers - 4 areas that have received funding to help unemployed people with mental health problems back in to work. Three areas - Blackpool, North East Combined Authority and West London Alliance - will run a larger scale pilot of IPS alongside IAPT later this year.