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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set

Collecting information about people in contact with adult psychological therapy services in England.

The Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began in the NHS in 2008 and has transformed the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression in adults in England.

Further information about the programme can be found on the NHS England Adult IAPT Programme web pages.

The IAPT Data Set was developed with the IAPT Programme as a patient level, output based, secondary uses data set which aims to deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable information for patients accessing NHS-funded IAPT Services in England.

This national data set has been collected since April 2012 and is a mandatory submission for all NHS funded care, including care delivered by independent sector healthcare providers.

What we collect

The IAPT Data Set includes information on:

  • patient demographics - including geographical locations, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities
  • care pathways referral details, mental health care cluster details and presenting complaints information
  • care contacts and care activities: session details and any clinical, economic and social outcomes recorded relating to the treatments provided and outcome measures collected
  • waiting times information
  • patient experience questionnaires covering treatment and assessment

Version 2.0 Update – Data collection from 1 September 2020

An update to the data set (version 2.0) was due to go live in April 2020, however this has now been postponed to September 2020.

The updated data set will collect additional information, such as:

  • internet enabled therapies: information around the delivery of these emerging models of therapy
  • long term physical health conditions and medically unexplained symptoms: bringing in the pilot data items into the core data set
  • additional employment items: to better understand employment outcomes and the provision of employment support
  • languages: to further understand patient demographics
  • care personnel qualifications: to support a richer picture of the IAPT workforce and enable better planning

Read more about IAPT v2.0

How the IAPT data set is used

The IAPT Data Set provides a comprehensive national picture of the use of IAPT services in England and supports a variety of secondary use functions such as:

  • commissioning
  • clinical audit
  • research
  • service planning
  • inspection and regulation
  • monitoring government policies and legislation
  • local and national performance management and benchmarking
  • national reporting and analysis

Submitting IAPT v1.5 data

IAPT v1.5 is the current version of the IAPT data set and Data is submitted via the Open Exeter Bureau Service Portal (BSP). The BSP will be used to submit IAPT data until IAPT v2.0 is launched in September 2020.

Please follow the link below for all the information you need about submitting IAPT v1.5 data. Submitting IAPT v1.5 data

Submitting IAPT v2.0 data

IAPT v2.0 will launch in September 2020. Data will be submitted via the new Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS Cloud).

Please follow the link below for all the information you need to submit IAPT v2.0 data.

Submitting IAPT v2.0 data

Further information

  1. internal

    IAPT pilot collections

    We currently maintain two pilot data collections for IAPT services, which are submitted alongside the core IAPT Data Set by those services involved in the pilots.

Last edited: 30 July 2020 2:01 pm