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Submitting IAPT data

All organisations that provide NHS funded IAPT services in England must submit data. This page explains the data you need to submit and how.

IAPT v2.1 Information Standards Notice published

The Information Standards Notice (ISN) for IAPT v2.1 has now been published on the DAPB1520 publication page. We will be publishing further details and documentation by the end of July 2021.

A Data Provision Notice (DPN) has been published and is available on the NHS Digital DPN webpages

This means that all providers of NHS-funded IAPT services are required under Section 259 (5) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to provide the data set as specified by NHS Digital within the DPN.

How to implement the IAPT data set

To assist new and existing users during implementation of the IAPT data set, please refer to the IAPT v2.0 implementation planning template which provides details of relevant activities during implementation.

You can also refer to the full implementation guidance available from the DCB1520 information standard. Section 3.5 contains a step-by-step guide for new and existing users.

Data required from 1 September 2020

The requirements specification, available from the DCB1520 information standard, defines the scope of the data set, what is required from providers and how NHS Digital will assess that a provider has complied with submitting the data to meet this legal requirement.

IAPT Data Set v2.0 – DCB1520 Amd 14/2019

Version 2.0 of the IAPT Data Set received approval from the Data Coordination Board to start collection from 1 September 2020.

The ISN and formal standard documentation for IAPT v2.0 is published on the DCB1520 webpage.

Update – 30 October 2019

A corrigendum has been published on the DCB1520 webpage to provide notice of corrections to version 2.0 of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Data Set. The corrections relate to:

  • inclusion of an Integrated IAPT-LTC indicator
  • correction to an error in the format listed for a data item
  • amendment to group notes for IDS004EmpStatus
  • amendment to UID for a data item

The updated Technical Output Specification, Data Model, System Conformance Checklist and SNOMED mapping documents, have been updated and published below that reflect these changes.

*Please note that the Employment advisers in IAPT data handbook is published on the IAPT Future collaboration platform, part of the Future NHS collaboration platform. If you do not have a Future NHS collaboration platform account, you can click on the following link and follow the registration process: Future NHS collaboration platform

Pilot data guidance

Version 2.0 now contains all of the necessary data requirements for the Employment Advisers and integrated health pilots collections, so these requirements will no longer be detailed in separate specifications.

How to submit data via SDCS Cloud

The IAPT Data Set is changing its submission platform, from the Bureau Service Portal (BSP) to the Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS Cloud), for version 2.0.

For information and guidance on the SDCS Cloud, including how to register for a user account and guidance on submitting data, please see the Strategic Data Collection Service (SDCS) Cloud web page.

IAPT Intermediate Database (IDB)

The intermediate database (IDB) is now available for download for IAPT v2.0 submissions from September 2020 data onwards.  Before submission, your data must be entered into the latest version of the IDB.  The intermediate database (IDB) is a tool which enables the collation of data for submission of the IAPT data.  It is a Microsoft Access database and data must be provided in this format. Once all data has been uploaded to the IDB, NHS Digital can extract the data as a whole and begin processing it.  For further information about preparing for submissions using the IDB, please see the IDB Guidance from the list of documentation provided in the 'Data required from 1 September 2020' section.

The database can only be accessed and downloaded from the NHS Digital Technology Reference Data Update Distribution (TRUD) pages.  Previously the IDB was available to users via the NHS Digital Contact Centre, however this is no longer applicable.

If you are not already registered on TRUD, you can register via the link on the TRUD homepage. Once registered, the IDB is located via the ‘data set development services tools’ link and new users will need to click on ‘licences’ which will enable a ‘download’ link to open.

Data quality

When you submit data to SDCS Cloud, the system generates a report describing the data quality errors and warnings present in your submission. 

In July 2020, we ran a webinar which explored data quality issues and provided guidance on how to improve data quality in your submissions.

Monthly submission dates


Activity month

Submission window opens

Submission window closes at 11.59pm

Submission Platform

December 2020 (R) and January 2021 (P)

Monday 01 February 2021

Thursday 25 February 2021

SDCS Cloud

January 2021 (R) and February 2021 (P)

Monday 01 March 2021

Thursday 25 March 2021

SDCS Cloud

February 2021 (R) and March 2021 (P)

Thursday 01 April 2021

Thursday 29 April 2021

SDCS Cloud

March 2021 (R) and April 2021 (P)

Saturday 01 May 2021

Friday 28 May 2021

SDCS Cloud

April 2021 (R) and May 2021 (P)

Tuesday 01 June 2021

Friday 25 June 2021

SDCS Cloud

May 2021 (R) and June 2021 (P)

Thursdsy 01 July 2021

Tuesday 27 July 2021

SDCS Cloud

June 2021 (R) and July 2021 (P)

Sunday 01 August 2021

Thursday 26 August 2021

SDCS Cloud

July 2021 (R) and August 2021 (P)

Wednesday 01 September 2021

Monday 27 September 2021

SDCS Cloud

August 2021 (R) and September 2021 (P)

Friday 01 October 2021

Wednesday 27 October 2021

SDCS Cloud

September 2021 (R) and October 2021 (P)

Monday 01 November 2021

Thursday 25 November 2021

SDCS Cloud

October 2021 (R) and November 2021 (P)

Wednesday 01 December 2021

Wednesday 29 December 2021

SDCS Cloud

November 2021 (R) and December 2021 (P)

Saturday 01 January 2022

Friday 28 January 2022

SDCS Cloud

December 2021 (R) and January 2022 (P)

Tuesday 01 February 2022

Friday 25 February 2022

SDCS Cloud

January 2022 (R) and February 2022 (P)

Tuesday 01 March 2022

Friday 25 March 2022

SDCS Cloud

February 2022 (R) and March 2022 (P)

Friday 01 April 2022

Friday 29 April 2022

SDCS Cloud

March 2022 (R) and April 2022 (P)

Sunday 01 May 2022

Friday 27 May 2022

SDCS Cloud

Download a PDF of the IAPT submission timetable until March 2021 and IAPT submission timetable From April 2021-March 2022.  

Keep up to date with IAPT data set news and updates

There are various ways that you can keep up to date with the latest IAPT news and information.

Mental health information updates

The mental health information update newsletter is issued once a month and contains the latest news on the mental health and IAPT data sets. You can subscribe to these updates

Mental health data hub 

The mental health data hub is a collection of interactive dashboards and useful links covering mental health data in England. 


SDCS Cloud show and tell for CSDS providers July 2020

In July 2020 we ran a webinar which explored data quality issues and provided guidance on how to improve data quality in your submissions.

Employment Advisors in IAPT Webinar, 18 June 2020 - Webinar recording

IAPT v2.0 implementation webinars

As part of the IAPT v2.0 implementation process, a number of implementation webinars were held for providers, suppliers and other stakeholders, to provide further information and guidance regarding the implementation of the changes in the IAPT v2.0 data set.

Please note that any references to the IAPT v2.0 launch date may be out of date and should be disregarded.

The correct IAPT v2.0 go-live date is referenced throughout this web page.

IAPT providers and system suppliers events – November 2019 

Thank you to everyone who came to our IAPT stakeholder events, held in Leeds and London during November. We hope attendees found the updates useful and the feedback we received on the day was invaluable. Please follow the link below to view the presentations slides from the events:

Contact us

If you have a general enquiry about the data set, contact us at or telephone us on 0300 303 5678.

Further information

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: 21 July 2021 1:32 pm