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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England April 2021 Final including reports on the IAPT pilots

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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England April 2021 Final including reports on the IAPT pilots


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 Employment Adviser Pilot.

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) disruption, it would seem that this is affecting the quality and coverage of some of our statistics, such as an increase in non-submissions for some datasets. We are also seeing some different patterns in submitted data. For IAPT, whilst the number of submitters remains unchanged, there is a significant change in the rates for recovery and improvement since pre-Covid-19 months.

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PLEASE NOTE: The recovery rate for England in April 2021 has been affected by an unusual submission event. This was a one-off event by 2 providers (RVN and RVNCG) to deal with an internal back up of historic cases which had become inactive. This caused a large increase in the number of referrals that finished a course of treatment for providers RVN and RVNCG in April 2021. Because these historic cases were dormant, this affected the outcomes measures reported for these providers, most notably their recovery rates which were extremely low. The volume of dormant activity from these providers was large enough to lower the recovery rate for England to below the 50% national target.

Several measures have been excluded from Employment Adviser csv data file for April 2021 due to data quality issues. The excluded measures are: EA036, EA037, EA112, EA115, EA118, EA121 and EA124.

Key Facts

In April 2021 there were:

139,761 referrals to talking therapies

92.4% of referrals started treatment within 6 weeks

105,760 referrals started treatment

7.7 sessions of treatment on average per referral

60,282 referrals completed a course of treatment

47.7 referrals moved to recovery

52,137 Internet Enabled Therapy sessions took place

15,298 referrals with an integrated care contact

Please note 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.

Last edited: 20 July 2021 8:36 am