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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England - December 2018 final, including reports on the IAPT pilots and quarter 3 2018-19 data

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP practices, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Mental Health Trusts, NHS Trusts, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships
Date Range:
01 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2018


IAPT is run by the NHS in England and offers NICE-approved therapies for treating people with depression or anxiety.

This statistical release makes available the most recent Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) monthly and quarterly data, including activity, waiting times, and outcomes such as recovery. 25 new measures have been introduced this month, based on the Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS).

This release also includes reports from the IAPT integrated health pilot and the IAPT Employment Adviser pilot. Introduced in this month's publication are: 8 new data measures based on the employment status at the beginning and end of employment support; 2 new data quality measures providing additional context to the finished course of treatment data measures.

Alongside this month's publication are supplementary analyses, covering the financial years 2015-16 to 2017-18, that aim to capture additional measures of waiting times that can occur in an IAPT referral pathway.

Key Facts

In December 2018 there were:

Key Findings between 1st December and 31st December 2018: 101,628 referrals to talking therapies; 90.0% started treatment within 6 weeks; 75,923 referrals started treatment; 7.0 sessions of treatment on average; 41,152 referrals completed course of treatment; 51.5% 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.


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