I am writing to let you know of my decision to step down from my role as Clinical Lead for CYP IAPT for the London and South East Collaborative. It has been a very difficult decision to make as I have huge respect for the CYP IAPT programme and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and I have invested a great deal personally and professionally in the work for the organisation and CYP IAPT. It is a very amicable split from The Centre and I will still keep involved with some of the CYP IAPT programme via the management and leadership training and some of the outreach work.
I have been honoured to be part of CYP IAPT working with the partnerships, HEIs, Clinical Networks, NHS England, and HEE, steering the boat through the many and rapid bends in the often turbulent river. I think the principles of CYP IAPT are beacons of good practice for children and young people’s services. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with a great group of people across the collaborative, NHS England, Health Education England, Clinical Networks and Commissioners, the collaborative project team and Young Advisors, in developing and delivering the programme across a rapidly expanding geographical area.
I have been involved with CYP IAPT since its inception and it will be very difficult to leave the programme, but I feel it is time to move on and hand over to someone else to take CYP IAPT on to the next phase of what I am sure will be an exciting and productive journey. I believe I am leaving things in a pretty good state thanks to all the team work. We are on course to reach the target of the 100% geographical coverage of CYP IAPT across London and South East one year ahead of schedule and we have more partnerships still wanting to join us and the training places are filling up nicely.
I am taking an opportunity to work independently and to have greater freedom to collaborate with other individuals and organisations on a range of projects and programmes. I have some exciting prospects ahead and I sincerely hope this will not be the end of my input with CYP IAPT and the collaborative. I will be winding down my current role between now and December. In the interim, some of the role will be taken on by Dr Ann York, and we will continue to keep you updated regarding the permanent replacement of the clinical lead role.
I have particularly valued working with you all during my time as clinical lead for the programme, and I sincerely hope that I will continue to work with many of you in the future albeit in a different role.
All the best,