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Individual Placement and Support

In partnership with Southern Health Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and Solent NHS Portsmouth secondary adult mental health teams.

What is IPS?

If you are linked into the East, West, North or Mid Hants EIP, or Portsmouth EIP, A2i, North, South, CIRT and IST teams, then our service is for you.

Are you about to start looking for a job, already actively looking, or wanting to change jobs? Then we are here to help.

We understand that navigating the world of employment can be difficult for everyone – especially if you are not sure how to approach employers about your individual needs.

You may also have questions that you are trying to navigate, such as:

  • What are my unique skills and strengths?
  • What kind of work will suit me best?
  • How do I stay well at work?
  • How do I explain gaps in employment at an interview or on my CV?
  • How might employment impact my benefits?

Our experts are here to help you answer these kinds of questions.

How do IPS Specialists work?

We provide tailored support for as long as you need it and will work with your mental health team to provide a holistic approach.

We will talk through your employment needs including what kind of work will suit you best.

We will also continue to support you after you start work and can help you create a plan for staying well at work.

We get to know employers and talk with them, so we can help you decide the types of job that may or may not be for you.

The Practicalities – How we can help

We can help you to set goals, write CVs and practice interviews/techniques for success - in a stress-free environment.

We’ll talk with you about your current benefits and how starting work might affect them.

We’ll give you the tools to start a conversation, with your employer, about mental health. If you and your employer agree, we can also support your employer.

Who is it for?

Anyone linked into the East, West, North or Mid Hampshire Early Intervention in Psychosis teams

Contact details

Please speak to your Lead Professional in Southern Health or Solent NHS to put you in touch with an IPS Specialist.

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Annabell's Story

Before meeting with my Employment Advisor, I genuinely felt that I had nothing to offer. She helped me to realise that I was capable of a lot more than I had given myself credit for.

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