Postgraduate Certificate in Service Leadership for Evidence-based Psychological approaches for Children & Young People

About the programme

This programme is aimed at service leads, managers and CYP service commissioners. The programme is being delivered by Cme in the Community CIC in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health Psychological Therapies Training Centre and The University of Manchester

This is a 60 credit M-Level training programme, also offered as continuing professional development for experienced service managers already working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The programme is run on an annual basis. The training includes taught and guided experiential learning components and site visits to support service transformation with additional self-directed learning.


Programme Aims

The formal aims of the programme are as follows:

To develop competency in leading service change to deliver evidence based, quality driven, outcomes informed services

To have critical knowledge of the theoretical, research and implementation literature that underpins such service change

To enable service leaders to make the necessary changes in their services during the training programme      

The objectives of the CYP Psychological Trainings Curriculum are that at the end of the programme Service Leads will:

  • Understand the CYP Psychological Trainings project
  • Understand the importance of key-pivotal elements that they will be responsible for knitting together in transforming their services
  • Know how to bring about the changes necessary to implement these key elements
  • Have demonstrated implementation of the identified key elements in the CYP Psychological Trainings project in their own services
  • Understand how to maintain changes and have developed the necessary skills and competencies to ensure sustainable transformation.
  • Have the knowledge of a range of resources and tools to support identified service transformation changes in accordance with key elements as prioritised by the CYP Psychological Trainings Programme

The programme also aims to support the following Qualities and Capabilities for CAMHS leaders (incorporating the CAMHS leadership qualities and capabilities framework):

  • Demonstrating personal qualities and leadership
  • Setting direction
  • Working with others         
  • Delivering the service      

If you require further information, please contact Barry Nixon 

Who Can Apply

You cannot apply directly to the training centre for this course.

Eligible applicants will be working within Northwest CYP Psychological Trainings Collaborative. Recruitment is a joint process with collaborative partners and will be existing managers, leads and CYP service commissioners and will be highly experienced managers working within CYP mental health.

Applications sent directly to the training centre by the applicant will not be able to be accepted.

North West Collaborative

The Northwest CYP Psychological Trainings Collaborative is a partnership between The University of Manchester, Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust and over 70 providers and commissioning bodies of children and young people’s mental health services across NHS, Local Authority and Voluntary sectors working in the Northwest, Yorkshire and West Midlands.

It’s one of five Learning Collaboratives across England that are part of the CYP Psychological Trainings country-wide transformation programme. The collaborative seeks to improve services through better evidence based practice, better collaborative practice, authentic participation and better use of feedback and clinical outcomes across all services.

Training Component

The programme curriculum will be delivered in mixed format of formal learning and experiential ‘guided learning’. There is also a Service Transformation project in which the students will implement an agreed programme of service transformation within their own organisation. As service lead students you will implement change through the support and experience of the programme leads, experts in the field and your peers.

How to Apply

Please check below and timescales when recruitment takes place

Application forms are sent to the CYP Psychological Trainings Service Leads within Children & Young People’s services across the Northwest Collaborative between May to August time (approx.).  Completed application forms must be approved by the Service Manager and the CYP Psychological Trainings Lead, who will be responsible for sending them back to the Training Centre.

Applications sent directly to the training centre by the applicant will not be able to be accepted.

Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding this course not covered in the information detailed in any of the sections above or in the FAQ section of this website, please email:  In the Subject Line please ensure you put the full title of the course to enable us to forward it to the appropriate programme team.  We will not be able to forward or respond to any emails received without this.

We are happy to answer questions related to the course itself, but unfortunately are unable to provide any general career advice.


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