2nd June 2018

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.

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 explore.

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.

Further information on the tender process for the design and provision of a national IPS capacity building and training programme is available here.

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