Employment Support


Better Pathways delivers an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Service which supports people who want to gain employment. We help them to gain employment more quickly, and help to sustain employment for longer.

Our approach is focused on academic and practical recovery-based models. These embody our ethos that employment and the journey towards it, aids mental recovery. The IPS service is delivered using a person-centred approach; valuing and reflecting individual needs.

We offer an intensive and personalised service to support adults with severe mental illness to achieve paid, competitive employment in a fulfilling and sustainable way.

IPS is based on eight simple, evidence-based, principles:

  • aims to get people into competitive employment
  • is open to all those who want to work
  • tries to find jobs consistent with people's preferences
  • works quickly
  • brings employment specialists into clinical teams
  • develops relationships with employers based on people's work preference
  • provides ongoing, individualised, support for people and their employers
  • provides benefits counselling to ensure a person is not worse off in a job

The benefits of IPS

  • IPS achieves twice the rate of job outcomes.
  • IPS clients have reduced relapse and spend fewer days in hospital.
  • IPS clients sustain jobs for longer and earn more per hour.

What to expect from our IPS service:

  • One to One support from your Employment specialist
  • CV development, latest vacancies & help applying, Interview preparation
  • Careers and benefits advice
  • Advice on how to discuss your health issues & manage at work
  • In work support and returning to work if you’ve been off sick

This service is available to those individuals who:

  • State a desire to enter paid employment
  • Are under the care of a Community Mental Health Team; or
  • On the GP Serious Mental Illness Register
  • Registered with a Birmingham or Solihull GP
  • Residents of Birmingham who are registered with a GP within Sandwell and West Birmingham
Please download our:

IPS Information Leaflet
IPS Information Poster

Accessing the IPS service

Accessing IPS services is easy. Ask your care coordinator or any other clinician supporting you to make a referral. You are eligible if you are under the care of community based mental health teams, early intervention services or if you are on a GP’s SMI register. Or, you can self-refer if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Please select the appropriate form from the selection below. Fill out and email to: wayne.myles@nhs.net

For enquiries, please call: 0121 773 1455