Employment Support (IPS)

The IPS Employment Support service helps people living with mental health problems in the London Borough of Bromley, quickly find and keep mainstream jobs, linked to their needs, interests, skills and experience.

Being in work can help maintain good mental health. It gives us a purpose, promotes independence and can improve the way we feel about ourselves.

Our Employment Specialists will work with you to help you secure and retain the job that is right for you.

The service is provided in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

How Support is Provided

Support is provided through an approach called Individual Placement and Support (IPS). We work with your care coordinators, social workers, psychologists and doctors to provide personalised one-to-one support to:

  • explore the type of work you want to do
  • regular appointments to search and find work quickly
  • help you write a CV, covering letters and complete application forms
  • prepare for Job Interviews
  • engage with employers on your behalf
  • support you to keep your paid employment
  • support mental health recovery.

What to Expect

You will receive one-to-one support from your Employment Specialist to create a ‘Journey to Work’ Plan, tailored to your needs and interests. This is followed by a rapid job search, support throughout the recruitment process and, once in work, time-unlimited support for both you and your employer.

Who is IPS Employment Support for?

Support is available for adults living in the London Borough of Bromley who are using Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Community Mental Health services and are motivated to work and prepared to give paid employment a go.

How to Access the Service

Speak to your Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust care professional such as your care co-ordinator, nurse or key worker to refer you to the IPS Employment Service.

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