IAPT for Children & Young People

Children & Young People: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT)

What is CYP IAPT?

The Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) is a service transformation programme delivered by NHS England that aims to improve existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) working in the community.

At a local level CYP IAPT brings together universities and teaching providers with local children's and adolescent mental health services to form a Learning Collaborative. The programme works to transform CAMHS services provided by the NHS and partners from Local Authority and Third Sector that together form local area CAMHS Partnerships. It is different to Adult IAPT as it does not create standalone services.

The way this transformation will take place is through training staff and service managers in evidence based practice. Training is provided by Greater Manchester West Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training Centre in collaboration with The University of Manchester. The programme began in 2011 and has a target to work with CAMH services that cover 60% of the 0-19 population by March 2015.

How does CYP IAPT work?

CAMHS Partnerships that join CYP IAPT become part of a Learning Collaborative. Each Learning Collaborative includes a Higher Educational Institution (HEI) which provides training to existing CAMHS staff set out in the CYP IAPT National Curriculum. The psychological therapies selected for the curriculum are NICE approved - however a comprehensive CAMHS will offer other interventions. CAMHS Partnerships that are part of the programme are also given resources to improve participation by children, young people and their families in service delivery and design, and to carry out session by session routine outcome monitoring (ROM).

Useful resources

An E-Learning portal containing information for anybody working with children and young people's mental health issues.

Children & Young Peoples IAPT
Contains everything that you need to know about CYP IAPT. 

An Integrated Workforce Planning Tool to Meet the Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Needs of Children and Young People
A web-based interactive tool, and its associated guidance, that supports effective workforce planning and development.

For further information contact:

Barry Nixon NW CYP IAPT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Dr Deborah McNally HEI & NW Education Lead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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