Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health

Children and young peoples' IAPT project (CYP-IAPT)

The heart of the CYP IAPT initiative involves:

  • Service Transformation: Existing Child and Adolescent  Mental Health Services (CAMH) will not only have their clinical workforce 'up-skilled', but will also engage in transforming existing service provision to maximise the benefits of this workforce development, in a 'whole systems' approach.
  • The preparation of skilled, competent practitioners to work more effectively, and from an evidence based perspective with children, young people and their families/carers.

The Department of Health has demonstrated a strong commitment over recent years to 'Improving access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT).  In 2011/2012, the principle of  IAPT was adopted within the context of Services for Children and Young People, enshrined in the 'Children and young peoples' IAPT project' (CYP-IAPT), with an associated recommended curriculum for the preparation of practitioners for  work with children, young people and their families.

Northumbria University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, in conjunction with clinical service  partnerships,  have been commissioned by NHS England to implement the Children and Young Peoples' IAPT approach within the regional areas served by collaborating clinical services, in the north of England.

The Post Graduate Certificates commence in November, before the therapist training programmes (January) and then continue to run in parallel with the training programmes through to completion of the cycle in the following September.

Advanced Diploma/Graduate Certificate in Enhanced Assessment & Intervention for CAMH Practice begins in February and runs until September.