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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England September 2019 Final including reports on the IAPT pilots and Quarter 2 2019-20 data

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 Sep 2019 to 30 Sep 2019

Waiting Times

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.

In September 2019, this calculation is performed as follows:

43,720 / 50,103 * 100 = 87.3%

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

Image for infographic 87.3% of referrals waited less than 6 weeks to enter treatment
87.3% of referrals waited less than 6 weeks to enter treatment

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, October 2018 to September 2019, 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: 11 December 2019 4:48 pm