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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England April 2020 Final including reports on the IAPT pilots

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England
Geographical Granularity:
Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP practices, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Mental Health Trusts, NHS Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 2020 to 30 Apr 2020

Summary

This statistical release makes available the most recent Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) monthly data, including 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.

This release also includes experimental statistics from the IAPT integrated health pilot and the IAPT Employment Adviser pilot.

A number of changes to NHS organisations were made operationally effective from 1 April 2020. These changes included: 74 former Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) merging to form 18 new CCGs; alterations to commissioning hubs; provider mergers; and the incorporation of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) into the NHS commissioning hierarchy. The Organisation Data Service (ODS) is responsible for publishing organisation and practitioner codes, along with related national policies and standards. A series of ODS data amendments are required to support the introduction of these changes. This would normally result in a number of organisations becoming ‘legally’ closed including the 74 former CCGs. However, to minimise any burden to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic and remove any non-critical activity, these organisations remain open within ODS data. ODS aim to both legally and operationally close predecessor organisations involved in April 2020 Reconfiguration on 30 September 2020. As all former and current organisations remain legally open, both may be presented within this publication. Activity may be recorded against either former or current organisations, depending on data providers and processors ability to transition to the new organisation codes at this time. The same activity will not be recorded against both former and current organisations. NHS Digital are working to understand the implications of this on how you can interpret these statistics and will provide more information in future editions of this publication series.

COVID-19 and the production of statistics

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) disruption, it would seem that this is now starting to affect the quality and coverage of some of our statistics, such as an increase in non-submissions for some datasets. We are also starting to see some different patterns in the submitted data. For IAPT, whilst the number of submitters remains unchanged, there is a significant change in the rates for recovery and improvement for this month 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. A link to this is available in the Related links below.

As part of the IAPT Version 2.0 changes, we are reviewing our publication outputs and looking to redesign our Power BI Dashboards. If you would like to provide input into the redesign and provide any feedback before the new dashboards go live, please contact us via email: mh.analysis@nhs.net

We hope this information is helpful and would be grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete a short customer satisfaction survey. Please use the survey in the related links to provide us with any feedback or suggestions for improving the report.

Key Facts

In April 2020 there were:

Image for infographic 57,814 referrals to talking therapies
57,814 referrals to talking therapies
Image for infographic 86.2% started treatment within 6 weeks
86.2% started treatment within 6 weeks
Image for infographic 62,375 referrals started treatment
62,375 referrals started treatment
Image for infographic 6.7 sessions of treatment on average per referral
6.7 sessions of treatment on average per referral
Image for infographic 60,451 referrals completed a course of treatment
60,451 referrals completed a course of treatment
Image for infographic 46.6% of referrals moved to recovery
46.6% of referrals moved to recovery

Please note that that these numbers reflect activity in the month 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 month.

Resources

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Last edited: 21 July 2020 10:07 am