EBPU projects

CAMHSweb (IncludeME!)

The Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) is leading a three year Department of Health funded project to develop and implement an interactive, online portal to help improve engagement with children and young people accessing mental health
services. Aimed at a broad range of services, whether based in a clinic, school or the community, and currently working with over 70 CAMHS, this online portal is aimed at helping clinicians work more collaboratively with 10-14 year olds, drawing on the principles of shared decision making. Through a range of online resources including tips and games, it enables them to become active participants in their care, personalise their treatment packages and make informed decisions about forms of treatment and choices of providers.

For more information please contact camhsweb@annafreud.org

Child Policy Research Unit

The EBPU leads on the mental health strand of this Department of Health research project. The multidisciplinary project includes
paediatrics and adolescent health, public health, health economics, clinical psychology, sociology, social policy and care. We are exploring service transformation in CAMHS and investigating which aspects of CAMHS are associated with the most positive outcomes to contribute to a better understanding of child development and learning.

For more information please see the CPRU website

Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) - Data collection and analysis

CYP IAPT is a training project for evidence based treatments, service development and leadership using routine outcome monitoring. The project teaches clinicians how to use immediate feedback to inform their work and improve services. Data is being collected in conjunction with CORC and MegaNexus and findings disseminated to the NHS to inform service transformation.

For more information please see CYP IAPT Data Bulletins

Closing the Gap: Shared decision making in CAMHS

Closing the Gap operates across four UK CAMHS sites to examine best practice for shared decision making. Themes include: agreeing problems and goals; understanding available options; agreeing on an option; reviewing progress; and making necessary changes. The initiative is aimed at commissioners, service providers and users and is in collaboration with CORC and YoungMinds.

For more information please contact ebpu@annafreud.org

Headstart Evaluation

Headstart is a two-year programme trialling a broad range of initiatives for improving resilience in 10-14 year olds. Funded by the Big
Lottery, and in collaboration with the University of Manchester and Common Room Consulting Ltd., it is being piloted across a number of different community-based schemes in twelve locations.

For further information please see the Big Lottery Fund website 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies IAPT

The EBPU is part of the expert reference group for the IAPT initiative and has been asked to lead the group looking at best means of evaluation and data collection. Please go to the IAPT website for more information.

My CAMHS Choices (Informed Choice)

Working in close partnership with young people with experience of service use, the project has developed an innovative web based resource called “My CAMHS Choices.” This resource provides footage and written information to help young people and their families consider what going to CAMHS involves. All materials have been developed in direct collaboration with young people with experience of service use and clinicians working directly with young people and their families. The website is now live and available to use. If you have experience of CAMHS and would like upload your own footage of your experiences, please have a look at the website for details.

Visit the My CAMHS Choices website

Payment Systems (PbR)

This project looked at how children with emotional, behavioural and wider difficulties are being supported and how much these kinds of support might cost so that the right amount of funding is provided for children with such problems. EBPU is one of the partner agencies (along with the Tavistock and South London and Maudsley Trust) to provide a project team to develop ideas as to the best way to take forward PbR in CAMHS. PbR involves developing systems for categorising CAMHS processes and outcomes to aid the development of payment systems.

For more information view the final report

Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE)

The Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) programme looks at ways to improve safety on paediatric wards. EBPU is evaluating the impact of this to inform improvements, reduce patient harm and drive changes in staff, patient and family attitudes.

For more information please see the SAFE website and Twitter

Spreading Improvement

Spreading Improvement, developed in conjunction with CORC, is informed by the findings from previous work on developing shared decision making and personalisation of care in CAMHS, and is based around a structured training course consisting of nine regional master classes which are supported by online materials. It ensures that patient-centred care is at the centre of all CAMHS activity.

For more information please contact ebpu@annafreud.org


UPROMISE provides CAMHS professionals with a series of structured learning activities on how to make the most effective use
of patient feedback.

For more information please contact ebpu@annafreud.org

Whats Up! (IncludeME! for Schools)

‘What’s Up’ is a DfE funded web portal to support and engage 11-16 year olds in self-help and self-management of emotional and behavioural issues. It contains age-appropriate resources and links to other recommended websites and sources of information. For professionals providing support on a 1-1 basis (e.g. SENCOs and youth support workers), the interactive functions of the portal will facilitate communication and shared decision making (e.g. when goal-setting or action planning). Our aim is that the support provided by the web portal will have a positive impact on young people’s emotional and behavioural well-being and consequently improve school attendance and attainment.

If you would like to find out more about the What's Up web portal please email whatsup@annafreud.org

Youth Well-being Directory

with ACE-V Quality Standards

The Youth Well-being Directory with ACE-V Quality Standards grew out of the BOND project. It is an online tool for service providers and commissioners. The overarching aims of this directory and quality assessment tool are to guide and facilitate funders’ decision-making and to provide templates to enable providers to self-report good service provision and innovation across a range of contexts (statutory services, non-statutory voluntary sector organisations and private companies). This national directory will give details of services aiming to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people up to the age of 25 as well as providing services and funders the opportunity to consider services against key quality criteria.

The registration for the directory and self-assessment is now open. For the registration form and to learn about the Early Bird offer, please email ace-v@annafreud.org