Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

In collaboration with the career coaching company Spring House, Varma is piloting an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. IPS, which originates from the U.S., is an evidence-based model of supported employment that has proven to be an effective means of support for getting people with partial work ability employed or back into work.

What is IPS?

  • Strong evidence of the IPS model’s effectiveness has been obtained, especially with respect to mental health rehabilitants’ employment and mental health support.
  • The aim is to help rehabilitants find employment and become engaged in working life, with their job forming an integral part of their rehabilitation.
  • Jobs are sought for the rehabilitants based on their interests and preferences.
  • Employment is sought in the open job market, and support for the rehabilitant’s work engagement is focussed on the workplace.
  • A placement and support coach helps the rehabilitant during the employment process and, with the rehabilitant’s consent, also collaborates with the parties looking after the rehabilitant’s health.

IPS model pilot

We piloted the IPS model as part of the employment and rehabilitation activities for Varma’s rehabilitation customers. The customer is supported throughout the process by a placement and support coach from Spring House.

The pilot is being carried out in Pirkanmaa and Central Finland from September 2020 until December 2023.

The pilot was expanded to Satakunta, Southwest Finland and the Capital Region in January 2022 and will continue until December 2023.

The pilot includes 80 of Varma’s rehabilitation customers.

The pilot aims to support a shift in the focus of rehabilitation to work engagement and working life.

Who can take part?

Varma is offering the pilot to its rehabilitation customers who meet the criteria and who need support in returning to work.

A condition for participation is that the participant’s employer is unable to offer suitable work or that the employment relationship has already ended.

 Pirkanmaa and Central Finland

  • The participants are required to be facing the threat of disability or already have reduced work ability for mental health reasons.

Satakunta, Southwest Finland and the Capital Region

  • The participants are required to be facing the threat of disability or to already have reduced work ability for mental health reasons or due to pain issues.
  • Those over 55 can also take part in the service. For this group, the reason for disability may be an issue other than mental health or pain.

Research related to the IPS model pilot

Varma is implementing a comparative study related to the pilot to determine the IPS model’s impacts on the work engagement of mental health rehabilitants, as well as the work ability and functional capacity of the rehabilitants. In addition, the study will create a model of and evaluate the mechanisms that make the model effective.
Research data is being collected using various qualitative and quantitative research methods. The outcome of the research will be used to develop the different forms of vocational rehabilitation.
The study is part of Varma’s research function, which aims to produce information on and an understanding of work ability and disability risks and how to manage them, as well as the effectiveness of measures to support work ability.

News, blogs and podcasts

News and articles

IPS-toimintamalli tuottaa tulosta työeläkekuntoutuksessa (2.6.2022, In Finnish)

Varman ja Spring Housen yksilöllisen työssävalmennuksen pilotti jatkuu ja laajenee (23.3.2022, In Finnish)

Takaisin työelämään IPS-mallin avulla (TELMA-lehti 8.2.2022, In Finnish)

Kuntoutussäätiön laadunarviointi: Varman ja Spring Housen IPS-pilotti täyttää IPS-kriteerit (16.12.2021, In Finnish)

Vaikka vuosia vaivannut masennus helpotti, nelikymmpistä Villeä pelotti hakea töihin - Työssä sairastuneen kuntoutuksessa vanhat keinot eivät toimi (Helsingin Sanomat, 20.11.2021, In Finnish)

Varman ja Spring Housen mielenterveyskuntoutujien työllistämistä edistävä IPS-pilottihanke voitti Rekrygaalan Vuoden rekrytointiteko-palkinnon (8.11.2021, In Finnish)

Yksilöllinen työssävalmennus tukee kuntoutujan paluuta työelämään (1.11.2021, In Finnish)

Varman ja Spring Housen mielenterveyskuntoutujien työllistämistä edistävä IPS-pilottihanke Rekrygaalan finaaliin (12.10.2021, In Finnish)

Konkreettisia tekoja mielenterveyskuntoutujien, pakolaisten ja nuorten työllistämiseksi - tässä ovat Vuoden rekrytointiteko-finalistit (Duunitori 12.10.2021, In Finnish)

Mielenterveyskuntoutujien yksilöllinen työssävalmennus (IPS) näyttää nopeuttavan työlllistymistä myös ammatillisessa kuntoutuksessa (9.9.2021, In Finnish)

Nopeasti työhön kiinni: uusi kulma mielenterveyskuntoutujan toipumiseen (Finnish Pension Alliance TELA’s newsletter 25.3.2021, in Finnish)

Mielenterveyskuntoutujien yksilöllisen työssävalmennuksen (IPS) pilotti lupaavasti käyntiin (21.12.2020, in Finnish)

Varma pilotoi yhteistyössä Spring Housen kanssa mielenterveyskuntoutujien yksilöllistä työssävalmennusta (16.9.2020, in Finnish)

Blogs

Anne Vanajoki and Sami Riekki: Sopiva ja mielekäs työ edesauttaa mielenterveyskuntoutujan toipumista (18.10.2021, in Finnish)

Piia Kratsch and Marika Schaupp: Valmennetaanko kuntoutujaa työhön vai työssä? IPS-mallin erityispiirteitä ammatillisessa kuntoutuksessa (6.5.2021, in Finnish)

Sami Riekki: Uusi näkökulma ammatilliseen kuntoutukseen: älä valmenna ja sijoita vaan sijoita ja valmenna (7.1.2021, in Finnish)

Podcasts

Varma podcast: Voiko työ kuntouttaa, vieraina Varman asiantuntijalääkäri Sami Riekki ja Spring Housen työkykypalveluiden johtaja Sanna Salminen (in Finnish)

Spring House contact persons

Eija Aro

Work Ability Coach

Katja Heikkilä

Work Ability Coach

Alexandra Malanin

Work Ability Coach

Anne Vanajoki

Work Ability Coach

Piia Kratsch

Development Manager, Work ability services

Varma contact persons

Tiina Ahola

Rehabilitation Specialist

Sari Ekholm-Heinonen

Rehabilitation Specialist

Malla Juutilainen

Rehabilitation Specialist

Iina Vilén

Rehabilitation Specialist

Anne Korhonen

Rehabilitation Service Manager