Wakefield individual placement and support (IPS) employment service

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About the service

The Wakefield individual placement and support (IPS) service provides employment support for people accessing secondary mental health services who are interested in finding paid employment or who may be off work or struggling in work due to ill-health.

Our service believes that anyone can work in the community, if the right kind of job and work environment can be found and the right support is provided.

Our friendly employment specialists work closely with the community mental health services across the Wakefield district. Working in partnership with health and social care professionals we can support you and your recovery journey.
We will work closely with you as an individual and offer a service tailored to your needs, based on your job preferences and choices.

Exploring your interests, skills, strengths, and experiences we will help you identify employment goals, enabling you to create a realistic employment plan. We can also help you with addressing any barriers to employment and explore solutions to overcome these to achieve your goals.

You can watch a video on YouTube here which explains more about our service.

What we require from you

  • You are currently supported by secondary care mental health services (such as the core pathway, enhanced teams and early intervention in psychosis service)
    • You are interested in finding paid employment
    • You are motivated to job search
    • You are willing to meet with the employment specialist for regular appointments
    • If possible, you are willing to provide feedback on our service, good or bad, to enable us to continually improve
    If you are interested in a referral to the team, please talk with your health care professional or clinical team member who can complete a referral for you.

We also welcome self-referrals using the electronic ‘expression of interest’ facility found under ‘referrals’.

What our service users say

You can read experiences from people who have used our service in our recovery journey booklet, or you can watch a short video from our service users on YouTube here.

Staff you may meet