Our aim is to help you as services to provide mental health support to children and young people through the core CYP IAPT principles. We work alongside five additional learning collaboratives across England that are part of the CYP IAPT transformation programme.

What is the South West Community of Practice?

The South West Community of Practice is a collaboration between the University of Exeter and over 20 service providers and commissioning bodies of children and young people’s mental health services throughout South West England. The SW CoP seeks to improve services through better evidence-based practice, better collaborative practice, authentic participation, and better use of feedback and clinical outcomes across all services.



Sustainable service development sits at the heart of the CYP-IAPT programme and is a collaborative process drawing from the broad and exciting range of organisations that together form the South West CYP-IAPT Community of Practice. Services within the CoP all contribute to steering groups, the CYP-IAPT SW programme board and the development of the CYP-IAPT training programmes. This provides valuable opportunities to bring services together and create an environment for shared learning and examples of good practice.

The University of Exeter operates a wide-ranging support structure to assist with the promotion and facilitation of sustainable service development:

  • Consultation: Our clinical leads support you in embedding training and service development.
  • Workshops: If you would like help to embed any of the CYP IAPT principles and practices, we can arrange a date to come and work with you to help move things forward – or you can sign up to attend CPD events here at the University of Exeter.
  • Outreach training: If you are a new service in the Community of Practice we provide 4 days of training for your team to support you to embed all of the CYP IAPT principles and practices, as well as day for managers to support workforce development.
  • Outreach supervision training: As a new service provider, even before your team come on our rigorous supervision training, we will support your team who are in supervisory roles, to embed the CYP IAPT principles in their day to day supervisory practice – helping with development across all levels of your workforce.
  • Leadership training: As part of the CYP-IAPT training portfolio delivered by the University of Exeter, the Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership and Service Transformation provides a platform for current and emerging leaders to develop their leadership and service development skills. Though the PGCert is not currently running in 2020, we are providing the opportunity to attend one of four 5-day workshops in Leadership. Head over to our events page to find out more. 
  • Steering groups: There are a number of local and regional steering groups set up to help share best practice and overcome challenges. Each local partnership operates a regular local steering group to support the development and implementation of the core CYP-IAPT principles.
  • Participation: We have a dedicated Participation team who can help you to embed the principles of participation within your service and support you to get young people and families involved. Check our Participation page to find out more.


Explore the courses

The courses at the University range from 9 months to a year, and they result in either Graduate or Postgraduate level Certificates or Diplomas, depending on the length and intensity of training. Staff will usually attend University 1-2 days per week, and be asked to carry a training caseload whilst in service. Staff will usually need to work a minimum 0.8FTE (Full Time Equivalent) in order to complete both the academic expectations and the clinical requirements of the course. New workforce through the Recruit to Train scheme are employed on a 1.0FTE basis. 

If you would like to find out more about the courses and CPD workshops we offer, take a look at our courses and events pages for more info.



For more information about how your service can get involved, the commitments required and what to expect from the Community of Practice, head over to our FAQ section. If you still have queries, please feel free to contact us.You can also check the Forum to chat with other services. 

Joining the South West CYP-IAPT Community of Practice

In order to receive the training, support and additional benefits provided by the CYP IAPT programme, services will need to become a member of the Community of Practice, by joining their local partnership. Please download our pack for services wishing to join the Community of Practice for more information. If you have any questions about becoming a member, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.