The Link Programme

As a CCG lead your role will be to coordinate your local Link Programme. We’re here to support you and we’ve spent the last four years testing the Link Programme so we know how it works.

We’ve got loads of resources on these pages so you can really get to know the programme. By the time you’ve gone through them you should have a pretty good understanding of the Link Programme.

Link Programme in action: how Salford CCG successfully implemented the programme in their area

We are looking for CCGs to take part in the programme for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year. If you'd like to get involved or have any questions regarding the programme, we're here to support you. Contact us on

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Guide to CCG leads

This booklet, released in September 2019, is here to give you an overview of the Link Programme, including:

  • What the Link Programme is
  • The role of CCG leads
  • The content of the Link Programme

We’ve got more resources at the bottom of this page if you want to explore the programme further.

Download a copy of the The Link Programme: a guide for CCG Leads booklet [UPDATED AUGUST 2020]

Resources and support

In September 2019, we have created a range of resources which will give you all the information about the programme you need including our animation introducing the Link Programme.

Below you will find more detail about the programme including:

  • An independent evaluation of the successful pilot of the Link Programme involving almost 1,000 education and mental health professionals across 27 CCGs. The findings showed significant improvements in joint working between schools and children and young people's mental health services
  • Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilot: workshop findings and feedback. This includes an internal review of the Link Programme
  • A guide to the CASCADE Framework, which is used in workshops to help partners work together
  • Putting the CASCADE Framework into Practice, which gives examples from three of the areas which have taken part
  • Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges Link Programme 2017-19: Final report to the Department for Education. The report we submitted to the DfE following completion of phase 2 of the programme.

These documents, released in September 2019, should provide you all you need to know about the Link Programme. Once you have signed up to the programme we will send you a toolkit which outlines in detail how to recruit for and run the workshops.

We will support you throughout the Link Programme. If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us at



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