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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set

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


Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme

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.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) data set

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.

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 bench marking
  • national reporting and analysis

Submitting IAPT data

Please follow the link below to  information and guidance available for supporting the submission of IAPT data. 

Further information

Last edited: 18 November 2020 1:13 pm