The Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA) helps people with long-term mental health issues to live more independently in their home and community.

The Alliance provide intensive rehabilitation and personalised packages of support to people who are currently on rehabilitation wards (Tony Hillis Unit, McKenzie Ward or Spot hospital provision) or in spot nursing or residential provision funded by the Local Authority.

As part of the Living Well Collaborative, we are committed to achieving 3 ‘big’ outcomes for people with mental health problems, namely to enable people to:

  1. Recover and stay
  2. Participate on an equal footing in daily life
  3. Make their own choices


Principles of the IPSA

  • People will be supported at home wherever possible
  • Support will be provided in the least restrictive setting
  • People will remain as independent as possible and support is tailored to ensure that their skills are maximised and maintained
  • People will have choice and control over their support and plan their recovery
  • There will be a focus on individual packages of care where support is flexible to meet fluctuating need across all offers
  • Access will be provided to mainstream provision for people using IPSA within existing commissioned resources and mainstream community support
  • People will benefit from consistency of support to enable them to maintain key relationships that support them to remain well
  • People will be able to access support when needed, without delay
  • Proactive support will be provided to South London and Maudlsey NHS Foundation Trust Adult Mental Health redesign team to work with people who are on the trajectory for IPSA, to avoid admission or an increase in accommodation needs.┬áThis will involve offering expert advice on diversion, direct time limited support, and a greater focus on planned entry to the rehabilitation pathway
  • For those people who lack capacity, every effort to be made to assess their needs and risks in a collaborative way and effective mechanisms used to offer best interest decisions on care including the use of the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act