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Individual Placement and Support Competence Framework and Curriculum for Employment Specialists

Welcome to the competence framework and curriculum for Employment Specialists working to the IPS model. This site gives open access to the framework and the curriculum, including background documentation that explains how they were developed, their content, and their application.

The competence framework details the knowledge and skills that need to be brought together to deliver the IPS model. The curriculum is closely mapped to the framework, and sets out the content of training for Employment Specialists.

The primary audience for this work will be healthworkers, trainers, clinical managers and commissioners of services, but service users and carers may also find the documents useful.

It is a good idea to read the background document, which outlines the IPS model, explains how the competence framework and curriculum were developed, and includes a guide to their content.

Access the background document here

Accessing and downloading the competence framework and the curriculum

There are two ways of accessing the competences:

1. You can download them from the map of competences (which you can access by clicking the image of the map below).

Access the map here


The map sets out the ‘architecture’ of the framework and shows how the competences relate to each other. Placing the cursor over any of the boxes in the map takes you to the relevant competences.



2. If you want to see all the competences in one document you can get access here:

Access all the competences in one document here

The curriculum can be accessed here:

Access the curriculum here