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Psychological Therapies, Annual report on the use of IAPT services 2019-20

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Psychological Therapies, Annual report on the use of IAPT services 2019-20


This statistical release is the annual report on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020. 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 2019-20. 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.

COVID-19 and the production of statistics

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) disruption, it would seem that this has started to affect the quality and coverage of some of our statistics, such as an increase in non-submissions for IAPT March 2020 data. We are also starting to see some different patterns in the submitted data. For IAPT, there is a significant change in the rates for recovery and improvement in March 2020 compared to the last 12 months. Therefore, data should be interpreted with care over the COVID-19 period. For the duration of the COVID-19 period, we are now doing some early reporting to help with monitoring of any impact using provisional IAPT data.

Key Facts

1.69 million referrals to talking therapies

up 5.7% from 1.60 million in 2018-19

87.4% started treatment within 6 weeks

down 2.0% from 89.4% in 2018-19

1.17 million referrals started treatment

up 6.7% from 1.09 million in 2018-19

6.9 sessions of treatment on average

606,192 referrals completed course of treatment

up 4.1% from 582,556 in 2018-19

51.1% referrals moved to recovery

down 1.0% from 52.1% in 2018-19

Annual Interactive Dashboard 2019-20

This tool is in Microsoft PowerBI which does not fully support all accessibility needs. If you need further assistance, please contact us for help.

Please note that that these numbers reflect activity in the year and are not all 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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