If you are an organisation that provides any emotional wellbeing support service to children, young people and their families, then joining the Community of Practice could really benefit your service and the people you work alongside. Here’s a list of frequently asked questions that you might have thought of asking…..

What is CYP IAPT?

CYP IAPT stands for Children and Young People: Improving access to Psychological Therapy. Based on some really important research and findings, the Government – with help from young people – have set some challenges for services: to improve access for Children, Young People and their families, to better quality emotional wellbeing services. What does better quality mean? Services that provide evidence based therapies, by highly skilled and trained staff, who listen and include the views and preferences of Young people in everything that they do. From the choice of therapy, to recruiting staff, and developing the service.

Why is this important for me?

What we have learned from research, is that highly skilled practitioners, delivering evidence-based therapies, based on a young person’s needs and goals, make for efficient services: Young people make steady and consistent improvements, access services more easily, and spend less time in therapy. This means that your service can see more young people in your community, demonstrate great impact, and illustrate your successes to funders.

How much does it cost?

It doesn’t. Joining the Community is completely free. All we ask, is that you consistently provide us with outcome data that your practitioners in training with us will be collecting. We turn that data into clinically meaningful information that you can use to monitor developments within your service and workforce, and convey to commissioners. The even better news? You can access our rigorous training at the University of Exeter free of charge. With support from your commissioners, you can also backfill the time that your staff spend training with us. Want to grow your workforce? Health Education England (HEE) offer the ‘Recruit to train’ scheme: To expand the number of people providing emotional wellbeing services to young people, if you are part of the Community, HEE will pay the salary of for a new member of staff, AND pay for the cost of their training with us at the University of Exeter. You can find out more about Recruit to Train, hereThe question really is: What is the opportunity loss not to join?

What is my commitment?

  • We will ask you to ensure that you have good Data Management Systems (DMS) that can record the outcomes and progress of the young people accessing your service.
  • We will also ask you to comply with our Service Level Agreement that details the service arrangements and resources that your staff will need while they are training.
  • We will ask you to ensure that you have robust internal governance systems to ensure the confidentiality of this data, and the confidentiality of the young people that you work with
  • We will also ask you to ensure that your staff in training, and in the wider workforce, have access to regular good quality supervision.
  • Basically, we will ask you to help us, help you, to be the best service that you can be. And we will support you every step of the way.

How long will my staff be training for?

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. Salary support to backfill any existing staff who are on training, can be supported in agreement with your commissioners.

Who do i talk to if i still have questions?

We would really value the opportunity to discuss your needs further. If you have questions about the process of joining the collaborative, or want to find out more, you can contact Sarah Dobson CYP IAPT Project Manager, on 07717362119 or at s.j.dobson@exeter.ac.uk. If you have any queries about how the CYP IAPT programme could help your service, and discuss any challenges you might be facing with this, you can contact our Clinical Leads:

Corinne Foy 07825027641 / corinne.foy@nhs.net, or

Jonathan Parker Clinical lead for the new Child Wellbeing Practitioner workforce (CWP) on 07717361735 / J.parker5@exeter.ac.uk.