The aim of the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT)programme is to improve both the effectiveness of treatment and the experiences of children,young people and parents in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
Accountability is one of the five core principles of the CYP IAPT programme. Collecting data about outcomes is an important way to demonstrate the effectiveness of services and interventions, and can flag up areas for improvement.
Routine Outcome Monitoring describes the use of questionnaires and feedback tools to collect information about how people are feeling, treatment goals and experience of using services. The collaborative supports use of outcome monitoring through training and implementation groups.
The CYP IAPT programme embeds Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM) 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. Use of ROMs have been shown to improve outcomes (Bickman et al 2011), reduce drop out (e.g. Miller et al. 2006) and reduce the length of interventions (Lambert et al. 2005).