Delivery and evaluation of psychological interventions V2.1

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    How can university training, and clinical supervision, support low intensity practitioners to effectively deliver a Parent-led Cognitive Behavioural Therapy intervention and improve outcomes for children, young people and families?



  • Contact name

    Markku Wood

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Northumbria University

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    5 years, 0 months, 2 days

  • Research summary

    This research study aims to evaluate the delivery of Northumbria University’s clinical training in Parent-led Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PLCBT) and how this training may affect low intensity psychological practitioners’ confidence and competence in delivering this clinical intervention with children, young people and families. Additionally, the study aims to identify how these factors namely practitioners’ confidence and competence may then affect or translate into better clinical outcomes for children young people and their families.

    Literature suggests Low intensity programmes such as Parent-led CBT which use a Get Self Help (GSH) focus are beneficial to parents however very little research has been carried out to date involving clinical interventions which are facilitated by Low intensity trained practitioners such as Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) and Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). These are new roles that are part of the Governments plans as outlined in the DoH and DfE’s Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ pledging further resources to continue improving access and the availability of first-line treatments such as CBT interventions.

    Low intensity practitioners who have undergone training at Northumbria University as part of a 'recruit to train' practitioner course are eligible to participate in the study. Practitioners will be invited to complete training questionnaires, pre and post clinical skills and confidence questionnaires as well as participating in supportive in-service clinical supervision where they will discuss their clinical practice, skills and competencies. Parents/carers who are receiving this clinical intervention delivered by those practitioners within an NHS or voluntary commissioned service will be invited to participate in the study by giving consent for practitioners to collect routine clinical outcome data and end of service questionnaires to enable the researcher to evaluate if receiving the intervention may translate into better clinical outcomes for children young people and their families.

  • REC name

    East of England - Cambridge Central Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    21 Feb 2023

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion

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