Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) is a change programme delivered by NHS England in partnership with Health Education England. It aims to:

  • work with existing services that deliver mental health care for children and young people (provided by NHS, Local Authority, Voluntary Sector, Youth Justice)
  • create, across staff and services, a culture of full collaboration between child, young person and/or their parents or carers by:
    • using regular feedback and outcome monitoring to guide therapy in the room, using a mixture of goals and symptom measures suitable for all child, young person and/or family/carer – Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC); CHIMAT;  PHE Fingertip toolsMental Health Services Data Set
    • improving young people’s  participation in treatment, service design and delivery – YoungMinds Amplified– improving access through self-referral
    • improving the efficiency of services by training managers and service leads in change, demand and capacity management
    • improving access to evidence-based therapies by training existing CYP MHS staff in in an agreed, standardised curriculum of NICE approved and best evidence-based therapies.

This programme does not create standalone services, but works to embed these  principles into existing services. The programme began in 2011 and by March 2017  it was working across services that cover 90% of the 0-19 population. We are working to achieve 100% coverage by 2018.

Mental Health Services Passport

NHS England, young people and parent/carers worked together to develop a Mental Health Services Passport template. Each passport is to be created by a young person or parent/carer (for younger children) with the support of their practitioner. The aim of the passport is to help young people using services, or parents with younger children, to own and communicate their story when moving between different services. It provides a summary of the time in the service which will be owned by the young people or parent/carer to be shared with any future services if and when they wish. The passport is recommended in Future in Mind.


London and South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative Newsletter

A bi-monthly newsletter is produced by the London and South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative.  It provides updates and ideas on training, young advisers, and digital development work. Visit the London and South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative website to view the latest issue.