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Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of IAPT services - England, 2015-16

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
NHS Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Ambulance Trusts, Provider
Date Range:
01 Apr 2015 to 31 Mar 2016


Update 3rd January 2017 - Please note that this publication has been updated since its original release to correct an identified error. On page 29, the number of people referred to IAPT care providers has been amended from 1,383,085 to 1,179,328. No other figures are affected. NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Update 8th November 2016 - Tables 5a, 5b, and 5c, which cover the IAPT treatment and assessment Patient Experience Questionnaire responses, have been removed from the Excel and CSV files as they are incorrect. We aim to publish revised tables as soon as possible.


This statistical release is the fourth annual report on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, and covers activity, waiting times, and outcomes such as recovery.


IAPT is run by the NHS in England and offers NICE-approved therapies for treating people with depression or anxiety.


In 2015-16 there were:

  • 1,399,088 new referrals;
  • 953,522 referrals that entered treatment;
  • 537,131 referrals that finished a course of treatment, of which:
  • 81.3 per cent waited less than 6 weeks and 96.2 per cent waited less than 18 weeks to enter treatment;
  • 490,395 started their treatment at caseness, with 46.3 per cent moving to recovery.

In addition, the report covers a range of demographic analyses, including:

  • Whilst 55 per cent of patients from the least deprived areas recovered, only 35 per cent of those in the most deprived areas did so;
  • The recovery rate for patients who were ex-British Armed Forces personnel or their dependents was 48.6 per cent, slightly higher than the equivalent rate in 2014-15 (47.1 per cent).


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