Helping put research into practice

We want to provide the best possible care, with the best possible outcomes, to everyone who uses our services.

To support our work we have developed Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs), which bring together experts by experience, clinicians and researchers to ensure that the treatment we provide is based on evidence and is as effective as possible.

There are eight CAGS that cover all services we provide:

  • Children and Young People's Services
  • Mind and Body
  • Complex Emotional Difficulties (Personality Disorders)
  • Mood and Anxiety
  • Forensic
  • Psychosis
  • Learning Disability
  • Specialist Older Adults

A core group for each CAG meets monthly and includes service users, carers, families, researchers and clinicians. Some groups also have a 'community of interest' which anyone can join to keep up to date with what's going on, and everyone is welcome to share their views and experiences.

Each group has, or will, develop a 'Menu of Care and Interventions', which sets out the main treatments and therapies that might be offered for particular conditions, depending on individual circumstances and preferences. Menus of Care and Interventions are also accompanied by summary documents called 'How we can help and support you guides', which provide an overview of each Menu of Care and Interventions.

You can find our more in our document 'What is a CAG?'

We have developed a set of core clinical standards to explain how the CAGS support our services to provide evidence-based care, and our position statement sets out how we will measure the outcomes of the care we provide. Both are available to download:

Position statement on clinical outcome measures

Core clinical standards

For more information, or if you have questions about any of the CAGs, please contact You can also follow us on Twitter @SPFTCAGs 

You can read more about the work of some of our CAGs below.