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Mental health: Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT)

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme supports the frontline NHS in implementing National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. The Children and Young People’s IAPT project, launched in 2011, aims to improve access to treatment the evidence say works, improve outcome monitoring in order to understand what is and isn’t working, and make sure services are shaped and developed so they work for children, young people and where relevant, their families.

This key topic brings together resources relating to improving access to psychological therapies for children and young people.

  • Website Improving access to psychological therapies report, September 2015 final, October 2015 primary and most recent quarterly data (quarter 1 2015/16)
    This statistical release makes available the most recent Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) final monthly data (September 2015) and the most recent quarterly data (Quarter 1 2015/16).

    Publisher: Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website Improving access to psychological therapies report, April 2015 final and quarter 4 2014/15
    This statistical release makes available the most recent Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) final monthly data (April 2015) and the most recent quarterly data (Quarter 4 2014/15).

    Publisher: Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website A new priority for mental health
    This briefing, from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), calls on the three main political parties to commit themselves to raising dramatically the coverage of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), the service that provides psychological therapies for depression and anxiety disorders.

    Publisher: Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), London School of Economics (LSE)
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website Improving access to psychological therapies report, January 2015 final
    This statistical release makes available the most recent Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) final monthly data. It presents timely information intended to support discussions between providers and commissioners of services.

    Publisher: Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website Using CYP IAPT feedback and outcome forms to aid clinical practice: key messages
    This document is a brief summary designed to introduce some of the key ideas around using feedback and outcomes forms in clinical practice.

    Publisher: Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU)
    Published Date: 2015

  • Website IAPT and learning disabilities. Research report
    This report by King's College London and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities outlines how people with learning disabilities currently use Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

    Publisher: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (FPLD)
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website An urgent need: We Need to Talk’s manifesto for better talking therapies for all
    The We Need to Talk coalition is calling for investment in psychological therapies, so that the NHS in England can offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.

    Publisher: Mind
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website Children and Young People (CYP) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Newsletter September 2014
    Latest information on the work of CYP IAPT.

    Publisher: CYP IAPT
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website MindEd: e-learning to support young healthy minds
    This portal contains information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues, with free e-learning to help them support wellbeing and identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues.

    Publisher: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website Guide to using outcomes and feedback tools with children, young people and families
    This guide provides a toolkit setting out the forms recommended by CYP IAPT and CORC, their uses as clinical tools and as evaluation tools and helpful tips and advice on using the forms in everyday clinical practice.

    Publisher: Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU)
    Published Date: 2014

  • Website MYAPT: How can we make outcome monitoring work better?
    In this short video young people share their views on how outcome monitoring can be made to work even better for young people using children and young people’s IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services within CAMHS.

    Publisher: MYAPT
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website IAPT children and young people’s programme: key facts briefing
    This briefing gives some key information about the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme.

    Publisher: Children and Young People's IAPT Programme
    Published Date: 2013

  • Website MyAPT
    MyAPT is a membership site that helps young people, mental health professionals, CAMHS partnerships and the universities that train them to embed children and young people’s participation in the way they deliver psychological therapies.

    Publisher: GIFT Partnership
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website Routine outcome monitoring as part of children and young people's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme
    This section of the IAPT website provides information about how patient reported outcomes will be routinely monitored in the children and young people's IAPT projects funded by the Department of Health. IAPT works with existing child and adolescent mental health services in the NHS, voluntary sector and other settings to improve service to children and young people. It includes links to:
    • Briefing note that summarises the way forward agreed for routine outcome monitoring in CYP IAPT.
    • CYP IAPT dataset detailing all data fields collaborating sites are required to collect.
    • A practical guide to using service user feedback and outcome tools to inform clinical practice in child and adolescent mental health.
    • Children and Young Peoples IAPT tracking outcomes: resource pack which contains a range of measures and resources for use with children, young people and parents.


    Publisher: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) website
    Published Date: 2012

  • Website IAPT: Children and young people's project
    The Children and Young People's IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) project is a new strand within the overall IAPT Programme. The Government has committed to expanding IAPT to meet the needs of children and young people with a project starting in 2011-12. It is a service transformation project for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The focus is on extending training to staff and service managers in CAMHS and embedding evidence based practice across services, making sure that the whole service, not just the trainee therapists, use session by session outcome monitoring.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Working with under 18 year olds: guidance for commissioners, IAPT service providers and those working in IAPT services
    The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to those working in IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, as well as commissioners and providers of services, regarding working with under 18 year olds.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website Talking about talking therapies: thinking and planning about how best to make good and accessible talking therapies available to children and young people
    This report is based on a consultation event with children and young people.

    Publisher: YoungMinds
    Published Date: 2011

  • Website What do parents and carers think about routine outcome measures and their use? A focus group study of CAMHS attenders
    Currently service user involvement in routine outcomes monitoring has been minimal, particularly in Children’s services. There needs to be a more sustained effort to involve service users because of the valuable information that they could provide for service development and improvement.

    Publisher: Clinical Child Psycholgy and Psychiatry
    Published Date: 2011


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