Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

What is Individual Placement and Support (IPS)?

IPS supports to people with mental health difficulties to find work. It has been shown to work in Ireland and countries across the world.

 What will IPS help me do?

It helps people to get and keep work by helping you to make a CV, search for a job, prepare you for interviews and support you along the way. With your permission we also can work with your employer.

Who can be referred to IPS?

Anybody in our mental health service who wishes work.

How can I be referred?

The service is advertised in our clinics and services. You can request to be referred. Any member of the team can refer you.

Who will I meet on my first visit?

You will meet with an Employment Specialist who works with the Community Mental Health Team. 

Do I need to bring anything to my first appointment?

If you have a CV old or new bring it along (but don’t worry if you haven’t got one) and some form of ID and proof of address. E.g. utility bill

Should I bring anybody else with me?

There is no need to bring anyone else along with you. However if you would like to bring someone they would be welcome.

What should I expect on my first visit?

The employment specialist will meet with you for about an hour, tell you about IPS and start the process of looking for work.

What kinds of questions will the IPS specialist ask?

Questions will include

  • your previous experience of work
  • work goals 
  • what motivates you to want to work
  • social welfare payment
  • entitlements on commencing paid employment
  • your mental health 

You are also free to ask the employment specialist questions or concerns that you may have about the process

What happens next?

The first steps can take up to three or four sessions. We will work on up-dating your CV, preparation for interview and commence active job search and job applications. We aim to start your job search in the first four weeks

What is hoped to be achieved?

To find and keep a paid job that you are happy with.

Do employment specialists work with employers?

Yes, but only if you give us your permission. We can help employers find suitable roles for you or understand your mental health needs.

How long will I see the Employment Specialist for?

You can continue with IPS supports for as long as you need. 

Is there a waiting list?

Yes. There sometimes is a waiting list. The employment specialist can work with a maximum of 20 people at one time. 

What should I do if I know I can’t make an appointment?

Give your employment specialist a call or text. You will be give their number on your first appointment letter. A new appointment will be made for you.

 Changes to IPS during the COVID pandemic

Referrals to IPS continue at this stage. During these challenging few months due to the Covid 19’ restrictions all face to face meetings are limited both with clients referred to IPS and meetings with employers. However the IPS service continues to operate with social distancing measures in place. One to one support meetings are being offered over the phone, video call or whatever is your preference.

 Where can I find out more?

Please contact the employment specialist or occupational therapist in Sheaf House on 01 4635200.

There is lots of information on line about Individual Placement and Support.