CYP IAPT Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner

The London and South East CYP IAPT learning collaborative are co-ordinating the roll out of new Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) roles in children and young peoples mental health services in London and South East England.

The programme is a response to the target for offering an evidence based intervention to 70,000 more children and young people annually by 2020, by training up 1700 new staff in evidence based treatments, outlined in Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

About the Programme

Providers (NHS, Local Authority and Voluntary Sector) and CCGs are invited to create 4 new CWP training posts, which will come with resource to provide intense supervision and support.

The CWPs will be trained over the course of a year to offer brief, focused evidence- based interventions for anxiety, low mood and self-harm, and behavioural problems (under close supervision) to young people who wouldn’t otherwise reach thresholds for CAMHS.  As such, these new teams of CWP – essentially a new sub-service – will  be placed upstream in the pathway in primary care, schools, and the voluntary sector, as well as CAMHS in some areas. The new teams will operate according to CYP IAPT principles.

This first year is a pilot with an evaluation being undertaken to determine whether the model is effective. In London & South East there are 15 sites involved in the programme, each with 4 CWPs.

The sites involved in the pilot are as follows:

  1. Barnet (BEH/PHPH/CCG)
  2. Bromley Y (Bromley Y/CCG)
  3. Cambridge & Peterborough (CPFT)
  5. Hammersmith & Fulham (WLMHT/CCG)
  6. Herts (HCC/HPFT/HCT/CCG (ENH/HV))
  7. Hounslow (WLMHT/HYCS/CCG)
  8. Islington (Whittington/CCG/FF)
  9. Lambeth (SLAM/CCG)
  10. Lewisham (SLAM/CCG)
  11. Barking & Dagenham (NELFT)
  12. Norfolk (NSFT/OPO/CCG)
  14. Tower Hamlets (ELFT/DO/YJFIS/CCG)
  15. Westminster (CNWL/CCG)

Each site will also recruit up to two supervisors to oversee the work of the CWPs within the service. As the role extends beyond classic supervision to include line management and implementation of the new initiative, this role is being referred to as ‘CWP Clinical Development Lead’.


Are you a recent psychology or social science graduate interested in being trained by the NHS to work with children and young people with mental health difficulties?

The recruitment of CWPs is scheduled to take place during March and April this year, with the expectation that each site will have 4 CWPs recruited and ready to begin training on Thursday 25th May 2017.

For more information, please go to: Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) – Sites Now Recruiting