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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England March 2020 Final including reports on the IAPT pilots and Quarter 4 2019-20 data

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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England March 2020 Final including reports on the IAPT pilots and Quarter 4 2019-20 data

Quarterly publication upload

The delayed quarterly publication was uploaded

24 June 2020 16:23 PM

IAPT Version 2.0 dashboard re-design consultation

IAPT Version 2.0 dashboard re-design consultation was added to summary.

24 June 2020 16:23 PM


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.

We hope this information is helpful and would be grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete a short customer satisfaction survey. Please use the survey in the related links to provide us with any feedback or suggestions for improving the report.

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, there is a significant change in the rates for recovery and improvement 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.

As part of the IAPT Version 2.0 changes, we are reviewing our publication outputs and looking to redesign our Power BI Dashboards. If you would like to provide input into the redesign and provide any feedback before the new dashboards go live, please contact us via email: [email protected]

In March 2020 there were:

108,330 referrals to talking therapies

87.1% started treatment within 6 weeks

96,046 referrals started treatment

6.7 sessions of treatment on average per referral

58,050 referrals completed a course of treatment

47.7% of referrals moved to recovery

Interactive Dashboard March 2020

Interactive Dashboard Quarter 4 2019/20

These tools are in Microsoft PowerBI which does not fully support all accessibility needs. If you need further assistance, please contact us for help.

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.

Last edited: 15 November 2021 6:30 pm