100 people: Evaluation of Employment Support
What is this research?
Funded by the Trust for London, the 100 people project will delivered specialist employment support to people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder using the Individual Placement and Support model. The project aimed to identify at least 100 vacancies suitable for people with long term mental health needs. It is being delivered by employment advisors working with The Job centre Plus and with work programme providers, People Plus (formely A4E) across four London sites. ‘100 People into Employment’ is managed by the Centre for Mental Health and The McPin foundation is independently carrying out the evaluation.
What is IPS and why is this research important?
People who experience mental health difficulties have one of the lowest employment rates in the UK. Yet many want to work. The IPS model has a strong international evidence base for supporting people with long term mental health difficulties back into employment. The model advocates employment services should be open to anyone who want help finding work; individual to a person’s needs and wishes; offer rapid placement into paid work; and provide on-going support for an individual in employment, for as long as it is needed. The model also encourages employment specialists to work closely with mental health teams and provide welfare benefits advice during the transition to work.
Our evaluation provided a holistic account of the employment journey, inclusive of the voices of customers. We aimed to understand the barriers, needs and motivation of those with mental health difficulties in relation to work. We evaluated how the IPS model meets needs and helps to overcome barriers. The ultimate aim of the evaluation is to inform and improve employment services for people with long term mental illnesses.
What we did?
The evaluation of the 100 people project was longitudinal. This means we interviewed different stakeholders including customers, employment advisors and project managers multiple times across the length of the project to understand the work journey from different perspectives and stages of employment.
What is the current state of the project?
The ran for 18 months. We began gathering data in March 2015 and ended in September 2016.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information about the project, or to speak to a researcher, please email firstname.lastname@example.org