Published on: 2 May 2023

The Trust’s individual placement support (IPS) service, Work Your Way, has received the national quality mark for IPS services as a result of a recent fidelity review.

The Work Your Way team are a group of employment specialists and job coaches providing support to people using community mental health services in Derbyshire, helping them to find work and stay in work.

The fidelity review measures areas of good practice, including:

  • Positive team culture
  • Good communication
  • Good employment support
  • Focus on continuous learning and collaboration.

Jaki Lowe, Director of People and Inclusion at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Congratulations to the Work Your Way team who have been working hard to support those accessing community mental health services.

“This team are fantastic at helping individuals find the right job for them and work hard to find roles which cater to their skillset, ambitions and talents.”

Samantha Parr, Individual Placement Support manager at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that the Work Your Way team have been recognised for all their hard work. This award is not only for the IPS service, but also for the clinical teams which are integrated into the service and for the service users we have supported.

“This achievement is extremely rewarding given the service first launched in March 2020, in the height of COVID-19 restrictions. The team have continued to improve collectively to support local people into paid employment and should be extremely proud.”