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Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

If you feel that your mental health condition is making it difficult for you to find work and career opportunities, our Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service can support you.

Our employment specialists are based at different sites across Berkshire. 

Due to Coronavirus, we have postponed arranging our community meetings in places such as libraries and cafes.

Until further notice, we’ll now provide appointments and support by calls or online.

When you first contact us, we’ll tell you more about this and make arrangements to best suit your needs.

Whether you're being supported by our Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) or Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) services, you can contact our teams across Berkshire to arrange a referral.

Call 0300 365 2000

Email gateway@berkshire.nhs.uk

Our mental health teams and services, including Talking Therapies, are available if you need support. 

Find out how to access mental health support 

You can also find resources and guides on our website to help you if you need more advice.  

Resources to help with your mental health wellbeing

We know that having a job can play a big part in building your self-confidence and independence, and that living with a mental health condition shouldn’t stop you from doing the things you want to do.

If you’re being supported by our mental health services we can help you find meaningful work opportunities.

We can support you in different ways, such as:

  • Helping you find a paid job as close to your work preferences as possible
  • Working closely with our health teams, to make sure we provide the right ongoing advice for your conditions
  • Working together with your employer to make sure you’re getting on well in your job
  • Offering benefits counselling if needed

We may be able to support you and help you keep your current role if you feel that you’re struggling. Our Retention Support service can help you by:

  • Creating a return to work plan with you
  • Liaising with your employer to make reasonable adjustments or redeployment if required
  • Managing your personal information

You can find out more about our service by contacting your care professional, or if you’re supported by our CMHT or EIP service you can self-refer by emailing us.

Email ips.referrals@berkshire.nhs.uk