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Publication, Part of

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Key Performance Indicators (IAPT KPIs) - Q1, April 2011 to June 2011

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, County, Primary Care Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 2011 to 30 Jun 2011


Please note

The following issues were identified and the files have been corrected on 6 October 2011:

  • The data source for KPI 1 was listed as the 'Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007'. All references made to the 'Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007' have now been changed to read 'Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2000'.
  • The data quality statement 'Relevance' section (bullet point one) referred to 'anxiety and dementia'. This now reads 'anxiety and depression'.
  • One PCT has been identified as having a data quality issue. The data quality statement has been updated to reflect this.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme is designed to support the NHS in delivering:

  • Evidence-based psychological therapies, as approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), for people with depression and anxiety disorders;
  • Access to services and treatments by people experiencing depression and anxiety disorders from all communities within the local population;
  • Increased health and well-being, with at least 50 per cent of those completing treatment moving to recovery and most experiencing a meaningful improvement in their condition;
  • Patient choice and high levels of satisfaction from people using services and their carers;
  • Timely access, with people waiting no longer than locally agreed waiting times standards;
  • Improved employment, benefit, and social inclusion status including help for people to retain employment, return to work, improve their vocational situation, and participate in the activities of daily living.

The vision for the IAPT programme over the next spending review cycle was set out in 'Talking Therapies: A four-year plan of action' and the IAPT KPIs will support measurement of the following objectives:

  • 3.2 million people will access IAPT, receiving brief advice or a course of therapy for depression or anxiety disorders;
  • 2.6 million patients will complete a course of treatment;
  • Up to 1.3 million (50 per cent of those treated) will move to measurable recovery.

From quarter one of 2011/12 IAPT KPIs will also be used to support the NHS Operating Framework. Two IAPT indicators are included in the NHS Operating Framework to measure quarter-on-quarter improvement in:

  1. The proportion of people entering treatment against the level of need in the general population;
  2. The proportion of those entering treatment against the number referred. The level of need in the general adult population is known as the rate of prevalence, defined by the Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.

For common mental health conditions treated in IAPT services, it is expected that a minimum of 15 per cent of those in need would willingly enter treatment if available.


  • 210,540 people were referred for psychological therapies
  • 123,975 entered treatment1
  • It is estimated that 6.1 million people suffer from anxiety and depression disorders in England indicating that the access rate of people with anxiety or depression orders to IAPT services is 2.0 per cent
  • The recovery rate for England for people who were at caseness at their first session but not at caseness at their last session was 42.0 per cent
  • During the reporting quarter 5,001 people moved off sick pay and benefits

Note: 1. The number of people who completed treatment in the quarter is not a direct subset of the number of people referred in the same quarter, as some may have been referred for treatment in a previous quarter


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