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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Perinatal Quality Network



Current Members


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) IAPT service provides psychological therapy across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Mid Essex and North East Hertfordshire.  CPFT IAPT services offer a range of treatment options including advice and support, guided self help (computerised CBT), individual therapy (CBT), group interventions and employment support, which are accessible through self- and GP referral.

CPFT have experience of developing IAPT services for older people, children and young people, as well as for forensic populations (Littlehey prison), and have run schemes such as ‘Books on prescription’, mindfulness psycho-education groups for service users with LTC, and have worked with partners to develop a Learning Programme for LTC for Physical Health care professionals. CPFT collaborated with CLARCH on a pilot using online interventions (SilverCloud) with adult service users.


Health in Mind / Rethink (North East Essex)

Health in Mind  is the  IAPT service covering North East Essex. It is a partnership service, run by Rethink Mental Illness in collaboration with North Essex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust and Colchester Mind. We take referrals from General Practitioners, other community agencies and medical specialist services, as well as self referrals. At Step 2, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners offer psycho-educational interventions for mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders, including delivered as computerised CBT, group sessions, and over the phone guided self help. At Step 3, CBT therapists provide NICE recommended protocol based CBT for depression, and the anxiety disorders covered in the CBT competence framework. Additional therapies provided are behavioural couples therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Training (EMDR). Support Time and Recovery (STR) workers provide practical support and signposting for service users on accommodation issues, social integration opportunities, employment advice, benefits, education. 


Health in Mind runs a perinatal service, prioritising women in the perinatal period, including step 2 and 3 interventions, STR support and group work. We are piloting a project in partnership with NEPFT which provides psychiatric and psychological assessment and signposting for people whose presenting problems mean they fall between primary and secondary care MH services, including those on the autistic spectrum. We are running a project in partnership with local COPD services, and for people with emotion regulation problems. In order to meet Key Performance Indicators for commissioners, we operate a ‘choose and book system’ for telephone assessment for all new referrals, and provide appointments between 8 am and 7pm to improve access. We are running evaluations of aspects of our work in conjunction with the University of Essex clinical psychology programme, including working effectively with older adults, decision making around referrals at triage, and our perinatal service. We run a continuing professional programme in house and for other IAPT staff in the region.


Hertfordshire (Enhanced Primary Mental Health Services)

The Enhanced Primary Mental Health Service (EPMHS) delivers Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in Hertfordshire. The service provides psychological interventions for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders including Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress and Health Anxiety. The aim of the service is to help people across the county to be able to access psychological therapy and social care support towards achieving better psychological health and well-being, enabling them to gain or remain in employment and to participate in daily living activities. We work in line with NICE Guidelines in a model of care that treats mental health problems and teaches people skills in order to recover and/or improve their day-to-day life. We offer rapid access, via self or GP referral, to a range of short term interventions. Our team consists of experienced mental health professionals including Health Professionals Council (HPC) Registered Psychologists, High Intensity Workers and Psychological Well-being Practitioners. We offer a variety of different types of help including: Psycho-educational Workshops; Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CCBT); Sign-posting to other community resources; Facilitated self-help; Individual Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). EMPHS teams are located across Hertfordshire and clients are seen in GP surgeries and other community settings.


South Essex Partnership Trust

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Step-by-Step (Bedfordshire IAPT Service)

Step by Step is the name of the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service, which covers Bedfordshire (Bedford, Ivel Valley, West Mid-Beds, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable). We take referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals, as well as self referrals. The service is run as a partnership between Horizon Health Choices, MIND- the mental health charity and the NHS. We offer individual and group interventions at both step 2 and step 3, which utilises a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach. Our groups include ‘Managing Anxiety and Depression’ (a step 2.5 group), Managing OCD, a Post Natal Depression group, Overcoming Social Anxiety and Sleep Management. All of these groups are offered as both large groups and as ‘short groups’ offered as smaller groups in traditional therapy settings.


Norfolk Wellbeing Service

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Suffolk Wellbeing Service

Suffolk Wellbeing Service, which launched in August 2012, is being delivered in partnership with a range of voluntary organisations, including Suffolk Family Carers, The Shaw Trust, Mentis Tree, VoiceAbility, local Mind organisations, Big White Wall and 4YP. The Suffolk Wellbeing Service, which has been commissioned by NHS Suffolk, is an integrated service involving link workers and offering a range of flexible interventions tailored to meet each individual’s specific needs, including stress control and wellbeing workshops/classes, telephone support, group therapies and some short term therapy/counselling.


Anyone registered with a GP practice in Suffolk can access the wellbeing service, either by phone, self referring by post or self referring online. In association with a range of partners, the traditional IAPT provision has been extended to include a link worker service, working with young people aged 13 and above, and supporting clients with pain management challenges. In the future the service is expecting to offer support for older people, clients with COPD and other Long Term Conditions, perinatal programmes, and participate in the multi-centre OCTET trial (obsessive compulsive treatment efficacy).


West Essex MIND Service

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Partner Organisations

IAPT Programme Related Links

NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

This website supports the trainees, trainers and service teams involved in the programme with guidance documents, learning resources and examples of materials that can be adapted by IAPT services.


National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

A collection of NICE resources and information for primary care, including guidance summaries, how to ensure your practice is up to date, and sign up for the Update for Primary Care newsletter.


Academic Partners and Organisations

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) is a multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy.


British Psychological Society

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The BPS are responsible for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good.


Cambridge University Health Partners

Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) s a partnership between one of the world's leading universities and three NHS foundation trusts. It will deliver world-class excellence in health care, research and clinical education and improve health for people across the Cambridgeshire region and beyond.


Confederate Mental Health Network

The NHS Confederation is the membership body for all organisations that commission and provide NHS services. They are the only body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole of the NHS.


NIHR Comprehensive Clinical Research Network 

The Clinical Research Network (CRN), as part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments, and learn how to improve NHS healthcare for the future.


NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care

As part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR),the CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) is a collaboration between the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge in partnership with a wide range of Cambridgeshire and East Anglian health and social care providers.


The King’s Fund

The King’s Fund is a charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Through the dissemination of current projects, publications and information about various health topics, they help to shape policy, transform services and bring about change.


Mental health organisations


Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed 40 years ago by a sufferer of agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. Anxiety UK isstill a user-led organisation, run by sufferers and ex-sufferers of anxiety disorders, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.



Beat provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.


Combat Stress

Combat Stress works with Veterans of the British Armed Forces, and members of the Reserve Forces, through effective treatment and support for mental health problems. A small but significant number of Veterans leave the Armed Forces with psychological wounds, which untreated can lead to depression, phobias, anxiety, relationship problems and, in some cases, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Depression Alliance

Depression Alliance is a UK charity that specialises in helping people who suffer from depression. Depression Alliance's services include local support groups, publications, a pen-friend service, lobbying, raising awareness, supporter scheme and research.



Illuminate is a registered charity providing subsidised coaching and personal development to individuals and groups throughout the East of England. Based in Cambridge, they help the unemployed and those on a minimal income to rebuild their confidence, enabling them to make sustainable changes to improve their lives for the better.


Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is a leading UK charity that provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live.



Mind is a mental health charity thathelps people to take control over their mental health. Mind provide information and advice, training programmes, grants and services through their network of local Mind associations.


OCD Action

OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. Their vision is of a society where OCD is better understood and diagnosed quickly, where appropriate treatment options are open and accessible, where support and information are readily available and where nobody feels ashamed to ask for help. OCD action provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and frontline healthcare workers and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.



OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Their vision is one of a society where everyone affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should receive the most appropriate, and the highest quality standards of care, support and treatment.


Psychology Specialists Working With Older People

The PSIGE National Committee has made IAPT one of its two strategic workstream. PSIGE has worked with clinical psychologists, IAPT workers and members of other professions interested in this area around the country to gather examples of best practice, and has two regional groups in the East of England: East Anglia, and Essex and Hertfordshire.


Richmond Fellowship: Cambridge Retain/Regain

The Richmond Fellowship, Cambridge Retain/Regain is funded by NHS Cambridgeshire to work with clients with mental health problems who are experiencing difficulties in the workplace, who are at risk of losing their job or wish to return to work after a period of absence or unemployment. Our team of Employment Advisors all hold the NVQ4 qualification in Advice and Guidance or are working towards it to ensure that we provide quality support to our clients.



SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. They work to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.


Turning Point

Turning Point is one of the UK’s leading health and social care organisation. They partner with commissioner, clinicians, communities and individuals to design, develop and deliver local services. Turning Point has specialist knowledge to help support people in taking control of their lives across five areas of expertise: learning disability, substance misuse, mental health, employment, and primary care.



YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences, YoungMinds campaign, research and influence policy and practice. They also provide expert knowledge to professionals, parents and young people through our Parents' Helpline, online resources, training and development, outreach work and publications.


IAPT education providers

Anglia Ruskin University

Based in Cambridge and Chelmsford, Anglia Ruskin University is a provider of low intensity trainingfor Psychological Therapies.


University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned university based in Norwich that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 14,000 students, including high intensity training for Psychological Therapies.


University of Essex

University of Essex, based on Colchester, Loughton and Southend, offer high quality short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, including low intensity training for Psychological Therapies.


University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire is at the vanguard of a new type of emerging university – those that are business-like and business-facing. The university is a provider of high intensity and low intensity training.



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