About the Recruit to Train programme

To meet the targets of training new staff and increase the offer of evidenced based interventions for children and young people, Health Education England (HEE) are funding services to create new therapist roles and recruit candidates suitable to undertake CYP IAPT Therapy training.

Aims of the programme:

  • Increase capacity by expanding the workforce
  • Further embed evidence-based practice
  • Recruit to Train staff will have a role as change agents to accelerate transformation in services through use of feedback and outcomes tools and collaborative practice and participation with children, young people and families

Information for Candidates: The next round of recruitment for the CYP IAPT Therapy Recruit to Train programme is closed until funding has been confirmed. Please sign up to our mailing list (see below) if you are interested in the 2022 course start. 

Mental Health Services in London & South East will release job adverts for Recruit to Train Mental Health practitioner roles based in the service who will be training in the PG Diploma in CYP IAPT Therapy with UCL or KCL. Interested and qualified candidates will have to make a dual application: one for the job role with the service and one for the course PG Dip in CYP IAPT Therapy with either KCL or UCL. (Instructions will be included in the job advert).

Information for Services: Site applications for Recruit to Train funding will open between April - June – please email for more information. 

Information for Candidates: Please sign up to our mailing list to be informed of developments and receive notification of advertised roles.

Training – PG Diploma in CYP IAPT Therapy

Training – PG Diploma in CYP IAPT Therapy

The newly recruited staff will undertake a 1 year full-time training on the Postgraduate Diploma in CYP IAPT Therapy starting early 2021.  Pending confirmation of funding and course viability, we are likely to be offering the following modalities:


PG Diploma in CYP IAPT Therapy at UCL


PG Diploma in CYP IAPT Therapy at KCL 


More information

Course brochures can be found by clicking the Module names above. 

For more information about the PG Diploma in CYP IAPT Therapy please contact

Prospective Candidates: How do I apply?

Prospective Candidates: How do I apply?

Recruitment has begun this Autumn for Recruit to Train practitioner roles with a course start date for early 2021. Please look out for job adverts and sign up to the expression of interest form to be informed of developments.

As soon as funding for the programme is confirmed by Health Education England, services will advertise for Recruit to Train practitioners. This is often through sites such as and so we recommend setting up automatic job searches/notifications with the following terms:

  • ‘Recruit to Train Practitioner’
  • ‘CYP IAPT practitioner’

If you have signed up to express your interest, we will email as soon as we have been notified that a job has been advertised (however this depends on when we are notified so please do not solely rely on this).

How to Apply to KCL:

How to Apply to UCL:


When you apply for a job, there will be guidance embedded into the advert about applying for the university course – you will need to apply to both the job and the university to be shortlisted for the role.

Each service has their own criteria for assessing applications and so please pay attention to the person specification for each role but as a minimum university requirement for the course, candidates will need to demonstrate:

  • A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology) AND/OR a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, social work, nursing) from a UK university of overseas professional qualification of an equivalent standards
  • Two years’ experience of working within a professional setting concerned with the mental health of children and young people or families (e.g. as a mental health worker).
  • Experience of working professionally with children & families (e.g. as family support worker, psychosocial liaison, midwife, health visitor)
  • Capability to complete academic work at postgraduate diploma level, including IELTS or equivalent to the appropriate level for students with English as a foreign language (BAND D)


Please see the FAQ (updated regularly) for other information. 

Information for Services

Information for Services

This information is for the Services interested in applying for placement funding to recruit trainees. 

Service Requirements for Successful Funding Application:


Before submitting an application for Recruit to Train places, please ensure that you have read, understand and are in a position to meet all the requirements below prior to the start of training in early 2021.


  • Provision of a video camera and SD card for recording sessions
  • Provision of an encrypted memory stick
  • Access to Windows computer


Please note that the funding will only cover salary support (as specified under ‘funding’) and therefore additional costs for travel and equipment etc. will need to be discussed and managed locally

Agreement from service & supervisor for new staff to be released for the required number of days per week throughout the year to attend University training.

Depending on the chosen pathway additional costs might be incurred for training materials and course manuals as needed (such as the Incredible Years manual) – should your application be successful please check with the Recruit to Train Project Manager what are the requirements for the specific therapy modality. We will need to confirm that you have the required manuals at the beginning of the training.



Agreement of relevant supervisor – identified and agreed prior to application. Preference will be given to applications featuring named supervisors.

Named supervisor must have at least 2 years’ supervisory experience in the relevant training modality. The supervision for Recruit to Train staff entails 60 minutes of individual supervision weekly. This supervision will be part of the students learning support and should be in addition to caseload management.

Site supervisors will be eligible to apply for the CYP IAPT Certificate in Supervision if they have not already completed the training.


Management support

Successful services will be expected to take 1 training place on the PG Certificate in Leading Transformation & Change for a current member of staff moving into a management role. Preference will be given to those who put forward a suitable staff member keen to develop and embed the CYP IAPT principles in service and support the new workforce.

If you already have managers trained on the PG Certificate Leading Transformation & Change (previously known as the CYP IAPT Management course) in the service, we expect these to be overseeing and supporting the new workforce.



Access to relevant cases – for details on numbers of cases required for each training course, please refer to the brochures that you can access via the link above.



The deadline is 30th June 2020.  Completed applications received by then will be given preferential treatment, though we will continue to accept applications into July.  We expect to receive a high volume of applications for trainings this year against a limited number of available places so please do submit your Recruit to Train application as early as possible.  

If services are successful in their application, they will need to ensure that their applicants have applied for the corresponding CYP IAPT training course at the same time as applying for the role within your service, and that candidates are asked to include their job application reference in their training applications.  This will enable the HEIs to give feedback on candidates to employers prior to interview and ensure that applicants meet the requirements of the University training course.  Further details will be provided about this process if your service is confirmed as successful as well as bespoke recruitment support from the Project Manager via site visits and regular communication via telephone and email.

CYP IAPT RECRUIT TO TRAIN 2021 APPLICATION BID – if would like to receive the application form in order to place a bid for Recruit to Train posts, please contact Hope Bull

Please see the FAQ  (updated regularly) which has other further information. 

It is highly likely that we will be commissioned to deliver another cohort of the CYP IAPT therapy Recruit to Train programme and we are awaiting further information from Health Education England about the same.

Please sign up to our mailing list to be informed of developments. 




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