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London and South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative has ended

The London and South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative has now ended (April 2019). This website exists as an archive of the activities and information of the collaborative but is only updated for the 3 continuing workforce training programmes:

  • Recruit to Train
  • Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner Programme
  • Educational Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioner Programme

If you would like any more information on this programme please contact the team on

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Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner Programme – Now Accepting Expressions of Interest

We are now open to receiving Expressions of Interest from services looking to create new CWP posts within their service.

CWPs offer brief, focused evidence-based interventions in the form of low intensity support and guided self-help to young people who demonstrate mild/moderate:
• Anxiety (primary and secondary school age)
• Low mood (adolescents)
• Common behavioural difficulties (working with parents for under 8s)

Providers (NHS, Local Authority, Voluntary Sector) and CCGs can apply in partnership for a funding package to create up to 4 CWP training posts at band 4, which in previous cohorts has included:

  • 1 year certificate level CWP training course at University College London or Kings College London for trainee CWPs
  • Salary support at the equivalent of NHS mid-point band 4 for each trainee CWP (in addition to on costs and high-cost living area weighting where applicable)
  • Placement support funding for each service to recruit a CWP Supervisor/Service Development lead to provide intense supervision and support for 1 day a week per CWP within their service
  • A training course for new CWP supervisors

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently awaiting news from Health Education England (HEE) about funding for the October 2019 cohort and so we will confirm the final offer as soon as possible.

You can find out more information about accessing Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner funding and download an Expression of Interest form here:

Deadline for submissions is 17th May 2019

Accessibility Accountability Awareness Digital Evidence based News & Events Participation

The CYP IAPT Team presents at the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2018

The annual Health and Care Innovation Expo is an NHS showcase of innovative practice in the health sector. This year’s event, celebrating 70 years of the NHS, took place in Manchester Central, an exhibition centre in the heart of the city.


The CYP IAPT team attended the Expo to present work created with partners in the London & South East Learning Collaborative that has driven improvement and innovation in children and young people’s mental health provision.

First up was a mini hackathon lead by Alex Goforth and Max Gerber of InFact, a (very!) condensed version of the collaborative hackathon events that bring together young people, staff and developers to create new digital tools to benefit children and young people’s mental health. The attendees were kept busy, using various design-thinking exercises such as creating a dialogue with an imaginary chatbot and funky eights (a process through which the design of the tool is sketched), to refine their ideas to design a helpful digital product.

The group came away from the session with a better idea about how to go about turning their ideas into digital reality and were further inspired by trying out the apps developed at previous hackathons in the digital space next door, e.g.,, and

The next presentation from CYP IAPT was a showcase of the CYP IAPT Beacon sites, services recognised for their progress in implementing the CYP IAPT principles.

Attendees heard about the achievements of these services, which included amongst others:

  • The Brandon Centre: fantastic self-referral rates making this service truly accessible to young people in need
  • Greenwich CAMHS: young people and families being integral to service design, staff recruitment and appraisal and development of the CAMHS service
  • Croydon Drop In: developed relationships with local services making joined up, multi-agency working more effective resulting in holistic care for young people
  • Tower Hamlets Partnership: increased partnership working including joint delivery of interventions, resource sharing, staff seconded to partnership agencies and supervision across the partnership
  • Bromley Y: routine outcome measurement fully embedded in clinical work

Sharing the achievements of the CYP IAPT Beacon sites gave attendees a flavour of some of the creative and innovative ways in which the CYP IAPT programme has led to improved services for children, young people and their families, and was a valuable opportunity for sharing learning across a broad geographical spread.

Colleagues from CYP MeFirst also presented several times at the event, and the Debating Mental Health Project, initiated from the CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative platform, led a group of young people and professionals through a series of exercises to inspire their critical and lateral thinking.  Both Simon Stevens, NHS CEO, and Matt Hancock, Minister for Health and Social Care, whose speech can be read here, were a (nother) couple of the big draws for a 2 day event.

Courses Evidence based Job Vacancy Training

CYP IAPT Training information

Interested in CYP IAPT training? Fill in the expression of interest form and we will get in touch with course details and recruitment opportunities in June.

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Using Clinical Outcomes for Service Improvement v1.0: A Guide for Commissioners

We are excited to launch a free new resource that provides information, considerations and suggestions for commissioners using clinical outcomes for service improvement.  This guide was jointly developed with the Healthy London Partnership, who work across health and social care, and with the Greater London Authority, Public Health England, NHS England, London’s councils, clinical commissioning groups, and Health Education England to improve the health of London. CYP IAPT data meeting attendees also input into the content.

Click here to access the guide


One of the core principles of CYP IAPT is Accountability. The programme helps to embed outcome monitoring into the day to day work in services in order to aid meaningful conversations and allow for greater collaboration with CYP, help with problem identification, enable both CYP and therapists to track progression and also see when things aren’t working. Collecting data about outcomes is also an important way to demonstrate the effectiveness of services and interventions, and can flag up areas for improvement.


The guide covers the following areas:

  • Clinical Outcomes and Service Improvement
    • Why Clinical Outcomes?
    • National Policy and Initiatives
  • What do I need to know about services?
    • Quantity and Quality
  • What sort of data do I need?
    • Types of outcomes
    • Clinical outcomes in practice
    • Questionnaire scoring
    • Reliable change and recovery
  • How do I get this data?
    • Data Variables
    • Expectations
  • How should I understand the data?
    • Mindful data use
    • Visualisations
  • How can data be improved?
    • Conversations
    • What services want you to know
    • Potential Actions
  • Useful Links and references



We will be updating future versions of the guide according to feedback. If you would like to let us know your thoughts, please get in touch


Accessibility News & Events Resources

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: A guide for Clinicians working in Children and Young People’s mental health and emotional wellbeing settings

We are excited to launch a free new resource that provides information, considerations and practical suggestions for clinicians working in Children and Young People’s mental health and emotional wellbeing settings.  This guide was jointly developed with Hertfordshire Partnership (HPFT), who are leading the way with equality and diversity work in their partnership.

You can access the guide here:  Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: A guide for Clinicians working in Children and Young People’s mental health and emotional wellbeing settings

All services should be accessible and acceptable to all young people that need them. This is why improving accessibility of services is one of the core principles of the CYP IAPT programme. This principle extends beyond opening hours and the provision of self referral and includes working to identify and remove barriers that may prevent children and young people accessing and engaging with services equally.


So and SI guide sample page 3Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are not topics that clinicians may consider in their work, but both may be a contributory factor in a young person’s mental health and wellbeing.  LGBT+ young people have said that they would like to approach mental health services for support but many of those that did found mental health services ‘unhelpful’ due to limited knowledge and understanding of LGBT+ issues or focus on symptoms rather than cause of distress.

So and SI guide sample page



“Clinicians are well placed to help young people, but often may be missing a vital part of the picture. This guide was developed to help clinicians enable young people to talk more openly about these topics, through creating friendly and inclusive environments, use of monitoring forms and having sensitive conversations.”



So and SI guide sample page 2

This first version of the guide covers three main topic areas:

  • Inclusive environments
  • Use of monitoring forms
  • Having sensitive conversations

It was developed through consultation with various groups and individuals, and tailors information from various exsiting guidance documents to mental health and emotional wellbeing settings.


We will be updating future versions of the guide according to feedback. If you would like to let us know your thoughts, please get in touch


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Thrive LDN


A message from Thrive LDN:

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners.

It is led by Cllr Sarah Hayward, on behalf of The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the London Health Board, along with many businesses, charities, and public services, and has been developed with the support of Londoners, including experts by experience.

Thrive LDN aims to enable London citizens to lead healthier, happier lives, which means:

  • An inclusive London where people’s lives are not limited by mental health stigma and discrimination
  •  An enabled London where people mental health literate and equipped to develop good mental health and wellbeing
  • An empowered London where public services and Londoners come together to coproduce thriving communities


In May 2017 we will start building our brand awareness:

  • Raise public awareness of Thrive LDN
  • Encourage people to become ongoing, active participants

In July 2017 the Mayor of London will launch the Thrive LDN publication, setting out our plans for the next year and engage with Londoners on a local and citywide level.

Update: this publication can now be found here.

Following this we will plan and prioritise based on the outcomes of this engagement.

In the Autumn 2017 we will start delivering interventions based on the engagement and insight we’ve developed (building on best practice, evidence etc.)

More information

Thrive LDN webpage 

Thrive LDN Twitter

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Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner Programme – NEW Deputy Lead and Tutoring Roles

We would like to present three new and exciting job opportunities that have been made available at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

News & Events Resources

Children and Young Peoples Crisis Toolkit

A toolkit for practitioners, service providers and commissioners which contains resources, information and guidance for transforming crisis care for CYP.

Click here to access: East of England CYP Crisis Toolkit

“The East of England Clinical Network is pleased to present the Mental Health Crisis Care Toolkit for those developing and providing Urgent and Emergency care and support for Children and Young People experiencing a mental health crisis in the East of England region. The aim of this toolkit is to offer a range of resources, information and guidance that can be used in transforming local crisis services for children and young people across the East of England region.

This toolkit … is intended to be an electronic resource. It contains a summary of more in-depth reports undertaken in the region with key stakeholders, which can be accessed via hyperlinks in the document, as well as a selection of tools and resources. Should you wish to obtain Word versions of the appendices, please email for a copy.

We hope that the toolkit provides a useful resource in the development and transformation of services for children and young people in the region and offers a guide to help ensure vulnerable children and young people receive the best care at the right time.”

East of England Clinical Network

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Recommendations & Guidance for Looked After Childrens Services: Key Considerations and Outcome Measurement in Therapeutic Work & Consultation

Clinicians attending the Looked After Childrens CYP IAPT implementation group have developed a guidance booklet for Looked After Children Services.