An evaluation of the 'IPS in IAPT' psychological wellbeing and work feasibility pilot

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 March 2015
Mental health services, Employment, Health Services
Social welfare
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This report is an evaluation of a pilot service which provided embedded vocational support, based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, into the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. The ‘IPS in IAPT’ pilot ran from June 2014 to December 2014 in four sites in England (sites A-D). A total of 413 people were referred to the four sites, 173 declined to take up the opportunities leaving a total of 240 participants.

This was one of four pilots commissioned by Department of Health (DH) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), informed by the 2014 report by RAND Europe on Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving Service Provision and Outcomes. These small-scale, feasibility pilots and their evaluations were to test the design detail of the models proposed, methods of tracking findings and the initial effects. In particular they were designed to test which type of increased support best improves service users likelihood of moving closer to work or into work, as well as highlighting any health and wellbeing outcomes.

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