The Service Reform Fund, through the auspices of Genio, wishes to invite tenders from suitably qualified and experienced consultants/ organisations for the design and provision of a national Individual Placement and Support (IPS) capacity building and training program. This is part of the national rollout of the IPS initiative undertaken in partnership between the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, Genio, and individual EmployAbility (or other employment) companies nationally.

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  • Closing date for receipt of tenders: 27th June 2018
  • Service Delivery timeline: September to November 2018
  • Contact details: [email protected]

IPS Supported Employment

IPS Supported Employment is an evidence-based approach to supported employment for people who have a severe mental health difficulty. IPS supports people in their efforts to achieve steady employment in mainstream competitive jobs, either part-time or full-time. This stands in contrast to other vocational rehabilitation approaches that employ people in sheltered workshops and other set-aside jobs. IPS services are based on individual preferences. A genuine desire and motivation to seek employment is the main criteria for people wanting to obtain their ideal job. Within the IPS model an individual's personal interests, strengths, skills and experience are explored.

IPS was developed in the United States in the 1990s and has been replicated and successfully demonstrated in many other places including the UK, Norway, Denmark, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. A ‘Vision for Change’ advocates IPS for all mental health service users (Dept. of Health and Children, 2006). A six-centre randomised control trial found that IPS was twice as effective at achieving paid work outcomes for mental health services users, allowing them to enter work more quickly and assisting them to remain in employment for longer (Burns et al, 2007). Article 27 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of which Ireland is a signatory confirms the right of people with disabilities to work, on an equal basis, with others. The Comprehensive Employment Strategy for people with Disabilities 2015-2024 (strategic action 4.2), specifically promotes Individual Placement and Support as part of the recovery model of rehabilitation for people with mental health difficulties (Government of Ireland, 2015).

About the SRF Mental Health

The HSE is implementing reforms in Mental Health Services to migrate to a person-centred recovery model of services and supports, in line with the Government's stated policies. A specific fund, the Service Reform Fund (SRF), has been established by the Department of Health, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the HSE and Genio to support the implementation of these reforms in Ireland. Employment was identified through national stakeholder consultation strategies as a key priority area for reforming services in line with person-centred and recovery-focused models of care.


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