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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

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England
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 2020 to 30 Sep 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 90.4% of referrals waited less than 6 weeks to enter treatment
90.4% of referrals waited less than 6 weeks to enter treatment
Calculating Waiting Times

In September 2020, this calculation is performed as follows:

 

(Count_FirstTreatment6WeeksFinishedCourseTreatment / Count_FinishedCourseTreatment) * 100

 

48,548 / 53,722 * 100 = 90.4%

 

Sub-national waiting times rates are published in the Monthly Activity Data File as columns ‘Percentage_FirstTreatment6WeeksFinishedCourseTreatment’ and ‘Percentage_FirstTreatment18WeeksFinishedCourseTreatment’.

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 3: Percentage of referrals entering treatment within 6 weeks and 18 weeks, September 2019 to September 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  www.digital.nhs.uk/iaptreports.

 

 

5See p16-17 of The Mandate: A mandate from the Government to NHS England: April 2015 to March 2016, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/386221/NHS_England_Mandate.pdf

Last edited: 13 January 2021 3:44 pm