The Centre for Mental Health Care Development has been participating and actively involved in the organisation of IPS Platform meetings since 2018. We also covers data collection and evaluation for IPS statistics
The IPS Platform has been meeting regularly in the Czech Republic since 2018 and is open to all organisations that work with the IPS method or use some of its elements in their work and are interested in getting involved. These are primarily mental health services, but occasionally interested parties from other support areas will join. The aim is to support and inspire each other and to promote the principles of IPS in work with people with mental illness (and possibly in work with other target groups). The platform meets two or three times a year with around 30 participants and regularly involves representatives from around 16 organisations. The agenda includes sharing examples of good practice, practical tools in the field of work used by individual organisations, discussions on case studies or with interesting guests (peer specialists, labour office staff, addictionologist) and the production of joint outputs and materials (article on the advantages of IPS compared to employment in sheltered places, leaflet on IPS).
The organisations that meet within the platform also collect data
on a voluntary basis since 2018 for the IPS statistics
, which are regularly compiled by the Centre for Mental Health Care Development. In 2022, 14 organisations (some of which have multiple teams) are involved in collecting data for the statistics, compared to 6 in 2018.