Military charity Walking With The Wounded has been named as an IPS Centre of Excellence for Veterans by the Centre for Mental Health, becoming the first veteran IPS service in the UK to be given this status…

The award is in recognition of the employment service provided to veterans by WWTW in partnership with the NHS Veterans Mental Health transition, intervention and liaison service (Midlands and East Of England) and Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT).

WWTW began working within the Essex veterans mental health team in November 2015 supporting those ex-servicemen and women who are seeking support for their mental health and are unemployed, underemployed or at risk of losing employment. Since then WWTW has successfully got 39 veterans into sustainable employment and secured 49 paid outcomes.

WWTW uses an Individual Placement and Support approach (IPS). IPS supports people with mental health difficulties into employment. It involves intensive, individual support, placement in paid employment, and time-unlimited in-work support for both the employee and the employer.

Furthermore there is overwhelming international evidence that IPS is much more effective than traditional approaches (such as vocational training) in successfully getting people into work. Where people have found meaningful employment evidence shows that this can; minimise the harmful effects of long term sickness absence, improve quality of life and wellbeing, lead to better health outcomes, promote recovery and aid rehabilitation.