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Expanding the children and young people mental health workforce

Health Education England (HEE) has received funding from the Department of Health to support NHS England in meeting national targets to expand the workforce providing children and young people’s mental health services.

This information is for service providers within and outside the NHS in England who wish to express their interest in accessing a fully-funded scheme to employ and train new staff to provide evidence-based treatment for children and young people.

Service providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups should note the ambitions of Future in Mind and extracts from Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health:





By 2020/21, at least 1,700 more therapists and supervisors will need to be employed to meet the additional demand, in addition to actions to improve retention of existing staff, based on recommended caseloads. This will require new staff to be trained and supervised by more experienced staff ...and local recruitment.

To encourage expansion of the children and young people’s mental health workforce, HEE is commissioning two training routes and offering 100% financial contribution to salary and training costs in the first year of employment.

  1. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP)

This is a new role to deliver ‘low intensity’ mental health interventions to children and young people. A specimen job description is available below which services may adapt to meet their needs.

  1. Recruit to Train (RtT)

This scheme requires service providers to create an appropriate new post to train and deliver NICE concordant psychological therapies to children and young people. There are a range of courses available which are currently delivered through the CYP IAPT programme. Service providers who are not currently part of a CYP IAPT collaborative would be expected to join a collaborative as a condition of accepting this offer. More advice on what this would involve is available through the contacts below.

Key points

  • Training courses start in January 2017.
  • Training places for the January intake are limited, so it is suggested that you act quickly if you wish to express your interest.
  • There are no limits to the number of PWP or RtT roles an individual service provider can create, subject to the capacity of the higher education institution to deliver training and the ability of the service provider to ensure safe supervision.
  • Services must either be in an existing CYP IAPT partnership, or be willing to join one.

Who can apply?

  • The offer is open to all organisations that provide mental health services for children and young people. This includes NHS commissioned services in England as well as third sector organisations and local authority commissioned mental health services.

Where can I find out more?

  • The following contacts in higher education institutions across England will be able to note your interest and provide further information.
  • This list is also available to download from the foot of this page.

North East

North East, Yorkshire & Humberside Children & Young People’s (CYP) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Collaborative

Tony Machin, Director of Programmes, Continuing Professional Development, Academic Coordinator for CYP IAPT Programmes, Northumbria University


0191 215 6655

Claire Pearson, Clinical Lead for the North East, Yorkshire & Humberside CYP IAPT Collaborative


0114 271 6540


North West

North West CYP IAPT Collaborative

Barry Nixon


07966 478 141


Deborah McNally, CYP IAPT Lead, GMW CBT Training Centre


London and South East

London and South East CYP IAPT Collaborative

Alex Goforth, Programme Lead, London & South East CYP IAPT Collaborative


020 7443 2299

07776 760 884


Oxford and Reading

Oxford and Reading CYP IAPT Collaborative

Pamela Myles, Director of Training, Charlie Waller Institute

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading


0118 378 7531


South West

South West CYP IAPT Collaborative

Dr Catherine Gallop, Director of CYP IAPT Programmes

Psychology: College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter


01392 722 497



Midlands CYP IAPT Collaborative

Dr Fiona Warner-Gale, Project Manager


07412 635 432

Jane Sedgewick, Project Manager            


07787 508 856



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