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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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Data resubmission

Please note that this publication was updated on 16th December 2021 to include revised data for some providers. This is following a one off resubmission exercise that took place in August 2021 and covered the data period September 2020 to May 2021 inclusive.

16 December 2021 09:30 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 September 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.

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: 

Methodological changes - NHS Digital


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.


133,518 new referrals were received in September 2020.

97,225 referrals entered treatment in the month.

124,451 referrals ended (for any reason) in the month.

Waiting times

Of the 53,888 referrals that finished a course of treatment in September 2020, 90.3% waited less than 6 weeks and 97.8% waited less than 18 weeks to enter treatment.


50,514 referrals finished a course of treatment in September 2020 having started at caseness³, of which 26,077 (51.6%) 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: 15 December 2021 2:33 pm