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Psychological Therapies, Annual report on the use of IAPT services - England, 2017-18 [PAS]

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 2017 to 31 Mar 2018


This statistical release is the annual report on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. IAPT is run by the NHS in England and offers NICE-approved therapies for treating people with anxiety or depression.

The publication contains analyses on activity, waiting times and outcomes such as recovery in 2017-18. In addition, the report covers a range of demographic analyses including outcomes for patients of different ages, ethnic group and separately for ex-British Armed Forces personnel.

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In 2017-18 there were:

• 1.44 million new referrals to talking therapies, an increase of 3.9 per cent from 1.39 million in 2016-17;
• 1.01 million referrals that entered treatment, an increase of 4.5 per cent from 965,379 in 2016-17;
• 554,709 referrals that finished a course of treatment, a decrease of 2.2 per cent from 567,106 in 2016-17

   of which:
    ◦ 89.1 per cent waited less than 6 weeks, an increase of 1.6 per cent from 87.5 percent in 2016-17;
    ◦ 50.8 per cent of referrals moved to recovery, an increase of 1.5 per cent from 49.3 per cent in 2016-17.



These numbers reflect activity in the year and are not based on the same group of referrals.

The proportion of referrals starting treatment within 6 weeks, mean treatment session, and the recovery rate are based on referrals completing a course of IAPT treatment in the year.


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