The first analysis of routinely collected outcomes and experience data from CYP IAPT services has been published by CORC.
The report presents analysis of routine outcomes data for children and young people seen across 75 services in the CYP IAPT programme between 2011 and 2015. The data is drawn from 21 child and 15 parent-reported outcome scales.
The CYP IAPT programme recommends the collection of feedback in appointments with children and young people, which is then be used to track treatment progress, and to benchmark the quality and consistency of treatment across services. The nationally-mandated mental health services dataset includes a range of outcome measures used by CYP IAPT services.
The report shows some positive findings – for example, in a small sample, 9 in 10 children reported movement towards their goals and 1 in 2 reported reliable improvement. But CORC suggests caution should be used in interpreting the results because data quality and quantity is limited, and because of the absence of a commonly agreed method for analysing the data at a national level. The report goes on to explore the complexities and challenges of collecting and using outcomes data in the context of children and young people’s mental health.
CORC hopes the report will help to inform dialogue on outcomes. It is inviting mental health practitioners, services and anyone interested in the report’s findings to join a free seminar in January. Find out more.
iaptus CYP is the patient management system for CAMHS and CYP IAPT services. It enables the collection of outcomes data as part of treatment sessions. The system makes it easy for therapists to collect outcome measures on a tablet, using questionnaires optimised for use by children and young people. Therapists can view outcomes scores immediately and the data is automatically collated for monthly reporting to the national dataset. Find out more about the system and its features here and contact us for advice on collecting outcomes using iaptus CYP.