Training within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services


The Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness (NCM) has been appointed by Health Education England as the Midlands and East of England Mindfulness Training Centre in a national programme to deliver mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) teacher training since March 2018.

NCM is part of a national collaboration of mindfulness centres led by Sussex University. The four UK sites offering this training include Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness, Sussex University, Exeter University and Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Trust.   

CBT Therapists working within IAPT services across the region will be able to access free training in teaching MBCT to people with recurrent depression. On successful completion of the training, graduates will be able to deliver this NICE approved evidence-based therapeutic approach for people within their IAPT service.


About Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy training

This training is designed to increase access to Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) services across England.

Teaching MBCT requires a personal interest and experience of mindfulness meditation practices. Applicants are therefore required to demonstrate a commitment to an ongoing, regular personal mindfulness practice and will ideally have participated in an MBCT group as a participant.


Who can apply

The training, which is free of charge and funded by Health Education England is open to high intensity cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) therapists with at least one year’s post-qualification experience, working in improving access to psychological therapy services.

Anyone based in the midlands or east of England locality can apply to the Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness to undertake this.


Overview of course content

The course is split into four units and takes place from 17 March 2021 to March 2022 and consists of 10 days of training, which will take place via a mixture of online delivery and face to face workshops based in Nottingham, plus supervised practice.

  • 17 March (online)
  • 22 April
  • 23 April
  • 6 May
  • 7 May
  • 20 May
  • 21 May
  • 14 June
  • 15 June
  • 24 June (online)


Find out more and apply:

Download training information 

Download training curriculum 

Download application form for individual trainees 

Download application form for service leads 

Download Equality Monitoring form 


Equality monitoring form

The UK Mindfulness Centres Collaboration is committed to promoting equality of opportunity in the MBCT teacher community. You are invited to complete the equality monitoring form and return with your application forms.

The information will be used to provide a demographic profile of applicants to the training programme so that we can ensure our selection processes are fair and non-discriminatory.


Contact details

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