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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

Waiting Times

One of the stated targets of the IAPT programme is that for referrals finishing a course of treatment in the month, 75% enter treatment within 6 weeks, and 95% within 18 weeks5. These are based on the waiting time between the referral date and the first attended treatment appointment.

Image for infographic 87.5% of referrals waited less than 6 weeks to enter treatment
87.5% of referrals waited less than 6 weeks to enter treatment
Calculating Waiting Times

In July 2020, this calculation is performed as follows:

49,715 / 56,797 * 100 = 87.5%

Sub-national waiting times rates are published in the Monthly Activity Data File as columns ‘FirstTreatment6WeeksFinishedCourseRate’ and ‘FirstTreatment18WeeksFinishedCourseRate’.

The chart below shows that, nationally, waiting times measures have consistently been above the target, particularly the proportion seen within 6 weeks.

Download the data for this chart Figure 4: Percentage of referrals entering treatment within 6 weeks, August 2019 to July 2020, England

For an explanation of the terms used and further information about how measures are calculated in IAPT see the 'Guide to IAPT data and publications' at



5See p16-17 of The Mandate: A mandate from the Government to NHS England: April 2015 to March 2016, available at:

Last edited: 7 October 2020 7:53 am