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



Why join the Psychological Therapies Workstream?

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How the Workstream supports services

The primary function of this workstream is to support primary care service development and innovation by the sharing of information and knowledge. Hosted workstream events are designed to build capacity and capability for working with all sectors of IAPT client groups through the sharing of:

  • Evidence-based practice;
  • Information, good practice, training and education;
  • Outcomes of clinical audit, service evaluations and research.


The Psychological Therapies workstream provides opportunities to examine and discuss key initiatives and projects to (including but not limited to the following areas):

  • Ensure practice is in line with Department of Health Key Performance Indicators;
  • Disseminate the outcomes of service evaluations and pilots involving OP and CYP, as well as service users with LTC, MUS and SMI;
  • Provide strategic leadership by bringing together members to plan and monitor service commissioning with regards to the implementation of local action plans;
  • Provide a systematic overview of the health and social care needs of the population;
  • Promote equality and diversity.

If you would like to suggest other initiatives or projects that the Psychological Therapies workstream could facilitate in the future, please contact the Clinical Workstream Coordinator:

Benefits of membership

The benefits of participating in this Psychological Therapies workstream include:

  • Developing clinical leadership, engagement and expertise to inform the commissioning and delivery of services;
  • Promoting transparency, openness and accountability in the commissioning and delivery of health and social care services; 
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of national policy and guidance;
  • Promoting seamless age-inclusive patient care with the objectives of prevention, health promotion and early intervention to improve the population’s health and wellbeing;
  • Agreeing common principles, protocols and pathways to guide practice and services;
  • Integrating care across existing professional and health-care boundaries;
  • Promoting more equitable service provision for patients;
  • Supporting the dissemination of good practice across the East of England.

Who can join the Workstream?

We encourage membership from anyone involved in delivering, developing or accessing Psychological Therapies in Primary Care services across the East of England region. This is likely to include, but not be limited to:


  • Clinical, manager and administration representatives from mental health trusts;
  • High Intensity (CBT) therapists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP);
  • NHS and local authority commissioners;
  • GP mental health and community leads from CCGs;
  • Service users and carers;
  • Community pharmacists;
  • Private and third sector;
  • Academic partners, including the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).


For further information about how to join the workstream, please contact the Clinical Workstream Coordinator:

Useful Workstream Downloads


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