Evaluating IPS Grow

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Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based model which supports people with serious mental illness into employment. In order to increase access to IPS services nationally, NHS England has allocated centrally held transformation funds to specific sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) areas. These funds can be used either to expand the reach of existing IPS services, or to increase IPS provision in areas that do not have any services or where provision is limited.

A portion of this funding, along with funding from the Work and Health Unit (a cross-government unit, jointly sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care) goes towards IPS Grow, a national implementation support initiative which aims to drive the delivery of high-quality IPS services within secondary mental health care.


NHS England has commissioned RAND Europe to undertake an evaluation of IPS Grow to assess the initiative within the different contexts in which IPS services are implemented. The evaluation looks to determine whether:

  1. IPS Grow leads to better quality provision
  2. Better quality provision leads to better outcomes
  3. IPS Grow leads to better data with which to assess points 1 and 2 (above) in the future.


The evaluation will build on a model that aims to explain how IPS Grow supports the implementation of IPS across the country. Elements of the model will be empirically tested in the evaluation, using a mixed-methods approach including documentation reviews, fidelity reviews, telephone interviews and an online survey.