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Publication, Part of

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Key Performance Indicators (IAPT KPIs) - Q2 2012-13 final and Q3 2012-13 provisional

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, County, Primary Care Trusts
Date Range:
01 Jul 2012 to 31 Dec 2012


The IAPT programme is designed to support the NHS in delivering by 2014/2015:

  • 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 (April 2011 - March 2015) was set out in 'Talking Therapies: A four-year plan of action'. 1

IAPT KPI's 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;

During 2012/13, 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;
I. The proportion of people entering treatment against the level of need in the general population (the level of prevalence addressed or 'captured' by referral routes), and
II. The proportion of people who complete treatment who are moving to recovery
The level of need in the general adult population is known as the rate of prevalence, defined by the Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2000. For common mental health conditions treated in  IAPT services, it is expected that a minimum of 15% of those in need would willingly enter treatment if available.
Further Guidance

Note: West Kent PCT (5P9) informed us of errors in their Q2 2012/13 figures immediately prior to publication which affect a number of KPIs. Whilst too late to revise data, a note has been placed on the 'introduction' worksheet of the quarter 2 indicators with details, and footnotes added to affected tables to alert users. National totals are not significantly changed, but users should bear this in mind when using these data at local level ((including the machine readable dataset).

Please note also that the machine readable data file for Q2 final 2012/13 was replaced on the 9th January 2014 to correct an error whereby not all PCTs had been included. Rows for the formerly missing PCTs have been added but the original figures remain unchanged.


  • 251,724 people were referred for psychological therapies (an increase of 4.7 per cent from Q2);
  • It is estimated that 6.1 million people suffer from anxiety and depression disorders in England, suggesting that the access rate of people with anxiety or depression orders to IAPT services was 2.4 per cent in quarter 3;
  • 144,085 people entered treatment  (decreasing 5.7 per cent from Q2, however increasing 10 per cent over 2011/12 Q3  final data);
  • 94,201 people completed a minimum of two treatment contacts. Of these:
  • 10,533 were not at clinical caseness at the start of their treatment;
  • 83,668 were at clinical caseness at the start of their treatment, with 37,112 of this number (44.4 per cent) 'moving to recovery';
  • A total of 6,430 people moved off sick pay and benefits (an increase of 60 or 0.9 per cent since Q2).


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