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Psychological Therapies, Annual report on the use of IAPT services, 2020-21

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Psychological Therapies, Annual report on the use of IAPT services, 2020-21


This statistical release is the annual report on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. 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 2020-21. 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.

This is the first annual publication of psychological therapies data since the transition into IAPT dataset version 2.0. This was a significant change to the structure of the underlying data. For further details about how this has impacted these analyses, see the Data Quality Statement page of this report, and also the Methodological Change Note available from

1.46 million referrals to talking therapies

down 14% from 1.69 million in 2019-20

90% accessed IAPT services within 6 weeks

up 2.6 percentage points from 87.4% in 2019-20

1.02 million referrals accessed IAPT services

down 12.2% from 1.17 million in 2019-20

7.5 sessions of treatment on average

up from 6.9 sessions in 2019-20

634,649 referrals completed course of treatment

up 4.7% from 606,192 in 2019-20

51.4% referrals moved to recovery

up 0.3 percentage points from 51.1% in 2019-20

Annual Interactive Dashboard 2020-21

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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.

Last edited: 24 November 2021 5:03 pm