Supported employment programmes


This podcast is about the concept and practice of supported employment programmes. We all have concerns about helping patients maximise their potential, and of course, meaningful work is one of the prime ways in which this is achieved. In an uncommon trial for the UK, Dr Louise Howard and colleagues conducted a randomised controlled trial of an American system called IPS or Individual Placement Support, to see if this evidence based programme would be as effective over here in the UK. Their paper helps shed a lot of light on the challenges that supported employment programme participants and professionals face.


Date published: 9 June 2010

Audio running time: 22 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will:


  • understand the background history of employment programmes, and the epidemiological questions which led to the commissioning of this study.


  • describe some of the essential features of a good pragmatic RCT, and discuss some logistical challenges which arise when conducting studies of this type


  • understand the results of the study with respect to how IPS is applicable in the UK, or how it may need to be modified for the UK


  • be confident in discussing some of the implications of this study with respect to their own clinical practice.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2010. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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