“On the job” training vital for veterans with MH

admin Disability, Getting you back to work, Jobs


A new report commissioned by The Poppy Factory finds that ex-Service personnel with a serious mental health condition are nearly three times more likely to find and stay in work if they are supported through a method known as ‘Individual Placement and Support’ (IPS) than by other methods of employment support.
The full report, out today, highlights IPS – often called ‘place then train’ – as vastly more effective than the current ‘train then place’ methods of helping people back to work.

The Poppy Factory works with employers to help get veterans with all sorts of health conditions into meaningful civilian careers. It already holds close fidelity with the IPS model and hopes to use this report to create a free toolkit for employers that will be released later this summer.

So, what is IPS?

IPS is a model of employment support that seeks to get an individual into a job and then train them whilst they are working. It has many benefits over conventional support models, and services are more successful the more closely they follow these 8 principles:

  • It aims to get people into competitive employment
  • It is open to all those who want to work
  • It tries to find jobs consistent with people’s preferences
  • It works quickly
  • It brings employment specialists into clinical teams
  • Employment specialists develop relationships with employers based upon a person’s work preferences
  • It provides time unlimited, individualised support for the person and their employer
  • Benefits counselling is included.

Who produced the report?

The Poppy Factory commissioned the report from Centre for Mental Health. Stephany Carolan is the report’s author and an industry expert, and she will be speaking – alongside Melanie Waters, CEO of The Poppy Factory – at the Combat Stress “Military Mind” symposium on Tuesday 19th April, hoping to persuade the employability sector to join The Poppy Factory and follow the IPS approach.

The report was generously funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, whose aim is to provide an evidence base to influence policy-making and service delivery in the Armed Forces community.

Download the full report here.