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IAPT Closing Message


Dear Colleagues


As this website will no longer be live at the end of the year, I am posting a closing message to say what a productive and exciting year it has been on the IAPT EoE Managed Clinical Network Workstream. An advisory group of stakeholders has met two monthly to agree and steer projects work, and has achieved closer working and understanding across services alongside.


At a final event, we had 250 IAPT clinicians attend the Colchester Football Club for a Social Anxiety Workshop and update on the NICE Guidance from Professor David Clark, from the University of Oxford, and National Clinical and Informatics Advisor, for the English IAPT Programme.


I also found a space at this event to update those present on our project work – please see the powerpoint presentation which describes our projects and here is a link to the SBK website to see the poster presentations that were made on that day about these projects and others. You will find instruction about how to access these documents below through the SBK website. These will only be available to those who attended in person – please ask a colleague to allow you access.


This has been a team effort. I have been ably supported by Nicola Biggs, now a trainee clinical psychologist, and latterly Sam Lane, former Senior PWP and now Quality Improvement Lead with the Strategic Clinical Network. We have had good attendance from clinical leads, and clinicians around the region in the advisory group where we were also fortunately to be updated about IAPT developments by Kevin Mullins from the Department of Health, the UCL PWP review team, and the National Audit of Psychological Therapies team.


Please find attached the powerpoint of my talk at the final event, which outlines our projects. 


The MCN is now closed, but the work of several projects goes un under the wing of the Strategic Clinical Network. Sam Lane is our contact there, you can reach him on Clinical Leads will receive updates of developments, and cascade them to you. If you aren’t hearing about what is happening, please ask them!


The IAPT national project is successfully delivering evidence based psychological therapies to a wider range of people than this country has ever seen before. Long may this last.


Ruth Cocksedge

Psychological Therapies Clinical Lead

Welcome to your IPT webpage!

It is with great pleasure that I am making my first mark on these new webpages for our regional IAPT Clinical Network. We have been given the opportunity to link up and work together to share good practice and thereby enhance our services delivery.


Our advisory group has met and a telephone conference is planned on the hottest topic chosen by the board: “Transitions between step 3 and 4 – what works?”. We will shortly have some email discussion groups opened up to start the ball rolling. We are working with East and West Midlands (the new super-region with East of England) to hold a conference to celebrate the enormous achievements of IAPT so far which you will be invited to attend (free of charge). We are trying to link the macro perspective of Key Performance Indicators, and the challenges involved in delivering targets to commissioners, with the micro perspective of CBT therapists, PWPs, service managers, support workers and others involved in service delivery.


We’d really like to hear, and share with our members… Your stories about what works, what have been your frustrations, and how have you learned to overcome them in your area? We look forward to hearing from you, meeting you, working with you and learning from each other.


Ruth Cocksedge

Psychological Therapies Clinical Lead



What is the Psychological Therapies workstream?

This workstream of the Managed Clinical Network (MCN) focuses on the clinical domain of Age-inclusive Primary Care Psychological Therapies. The overall aim of the workstream is to establish a good practice sharing forum for the development of‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapy’ (IAPT) services as identified within the NHS Operating Framework.

Responding to the cross-government mental health strategy ‘No Health without Mental Health’ and the ‘Talking Therapies: A four year plan of action’, this workstream supports primary care services to consolidate* and extend** their IAPT programmes to the following sectors of the community:

  • Adults of all ages* but paying particular attention to Older People over 65 (OP)**;
  • Children and Young People (CYP)**;
  • People with physical Long Term Conditions (LTC) or Medically unexplained Symptoms (MUS) caused by psychological distress**;
  • People with Severe Mental Illness**.


Participating members and services benefit from the sharing of evidence-based practice and learning from the experiences colleagues working in similar services across the East of England region. The workstream also facilitates the sharing of leadership and expertise to ensure that discussions about policy, practice, commissioning and service design will enhance quality, assure safety, and deliver both improved outcomes and efficiencies.


The Psychological Therapies workstream is a collaborative initiative hosted in association with the NHS East of England, the College Centre for Quality Improvement, and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.




Joining the Workstream

Information about the benefits of becoming a workstream member.



Current Members

List of current members and partners, as well as useful links to other IAPT related organisations.



Resource Library

Resources available to members, including documents and leaflets provided by members.



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