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

Official statistics, Experimental 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 Jul 2020 to 31 Jul 2020


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.

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 including IAPT. 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.

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Key Facts

In July 2020 there were:

Image for infographic 128,988 referrals to talking therapies
128,988 referrals to talking therapies
Image for infographic 87.5% of referrals started treatment within 6 weeks
87.5% of referrals started treatment within 6 weeks
Image for infographic 87,868 referrals started treatment
87,868 referrals started treatment
Image for infographic 7.5 sessions of treatment on average per referral
7.5 sessions of treatment on average per referral
Image for infographic 56,797 referrals completed a course of treatment
56,797 referrals completed a course of treatment
Image for infographic 52.0% referrals moved to recovery
52.0% 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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Last edited: 27 November 2020 3:29 pm