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).
Evidence Based Practice is one of the five core principles of the CYP IAPT programme. Evidence based practice is the “The integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and patient preferences” (American Psychological Association Task Force on Evidence-based Practice, 2006).
The South West Community of Practice, in partnership with the University of Exeter, CEDAR department, provides the CYP IAPT training which draws on the most up to date research and guidelines for working with young people.
One of the key principles of CYP IAPT is use of evidence to guide clinical and managerial decision making and increasing access to interventions that have been found to be effective (see NICE guidelines). The Community of Practice can support implementation of evidence based care pathways and practice in services through training and consultancy.