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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

IAPT Enter Treatment Rolling Quarter Report and Monthly Time Series for Key Measures delayed.

IAPT Enter Treatment Rolling Quarter Report - May 2020 - July 2020
and Monthly Time Series for Key Measures July 2019 - July 2020 are delayed. 

Apologies for the inconvenience caused, these files will be published as soon as possible. 

8 October 2020 09:30 AM

IAPT Monthly Time Series for Key Measures now available.

The time series data is now available.

16 October 2020 18:15 PM

IAPT Entering Treatment Rolling Quarter Report now available

The entering treatment rolling quarter report is now available.

20 November 2020 08:59 AM

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Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is an NHS programme in England that offers interventions approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)¹, for treating people with depression or anxiety.

The IAPT programme is supported by a regular return of data generated by providers of IAPT services in the course of delivering those services to patients. These data are received by NHS Digital and published in monthly reports.

This report summarises activity in the IAPT programme for July 2020². It shows key information about activity, patient outcomes, and waiting times.

A monthly time series of the key IAPT measures is also available in the Interactive dashboard for this publication.

Main findings

Information about the IAPT programme is based broadly on three areas:

• Outcomes: whether referrals measurably improved as a result of a course of IAPT therapy;

• Waiting times: how long referrals waited to be seen or treated by providers of IAPT services;

• Activity: such as how many referrals were received, treated, or ended in the month, or how many appointments took place.


128,988 new referrals were received in July 2020.

87,868 referrals entered treatment in the month.

120,755 referrals ended (for any reason) in the month.

Waiting times

Of the 56,797 referrals that finished a course of treatment in July 2020, 87.5% waited less than 6 weeks and 97.6% waited less than 18 weeks to enter treatment.


53,771 referrals finished a course of treatment in July 2020 having started at caseness³, of which 27,962 (52.0%) moved to recovery.




² All historical IAPT publications can be found at

³ ‘Caseness’ is the term used in IAPT to define a clinical case of anxiety or depression. See the ‘Guide to IAPT data and publications' published at for details.

Last edited: 18 November 2021 2:52 pm