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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England September 2020 Final including report on the EA in IAPT pilot

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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England September 2020 Final including report on the EA in IAPT pilot


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. This is the first release of data from version 2.0 of the IAPT dataset. We have summarised the changes from previous IAPT reports in the Methodological Change Notice which can be found in the related links at the bottom of this page.

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 Employment Adviser pilot.

Please note that due to processing issues, some measures are missing from this publication. These measures will be added to the publication at the earliest opportunity. The measures are:

M279 to M282 (relating to persistent physical symptoms and affecting integrated care referral data), M212 to M216 (relating to the Work and Social Adjustment Scale – Work dimension scores), M316 to M331 (relating to start and end employment statuses for those referrals in the pilot), EA042 to EA057, plus EA083 to EA087 (relating to the Work and Social Adjustment Scale – Work dimension scores). In addition, CCG-level aggregations are not present in the EA in IAPT Pilot Data File.

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.

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.

Key Facts

In September 2020 there were:

132,237 referrals to talking therapies

90.4% started treatment within 6 weeks

95,578 referrals started treatment

7.5 sessions of treatment on average per referral

53,722 referrals completed a course of treatment

50.4% of referrals moved to recovery

5,145 Internet Enabled Therapy sessions took place

19,886 referrals with an integrated care contact

Interactive Dashboard September 2020

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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: 14 July 2021 4:08 pm