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Psychological Therapies: reports on the use of IAPT services, England, September 2021 Final including reports on the IAPT pilots and Quarter 2 data 2021-22

Official statistics, Experimental statistics

Quarterly files have been updated due to the following CCGs being excluded from the CCG-Provider breakdowns: A3A8R, B2M3M, D2P2L, D4U1Y, D9Y0V, M1J4Y, M2L0M, W2U3Z, X2C4Y. There are no errors with previous published data.

The Quarterly Interactive Dashboard was published on 18 February 2022, it had previously been delayed due to a technical issue.

Please note the timeseries data in this publication was updated on 10 March 2022 to include revised data, for some providers, for the period September 2020 to May 2021. The core data for September 2021 is unaffected. 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.

3 February 2022 13:06 PM

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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 2021². 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.

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, had accessed services, or ended in the month, or how many appointments took place.


152,957 new referrals were received in September 2021.

102,252 referrals had accessed IAPT in the month.

141,787 referrals ended (for any reason) in the month.

Waiting times

Of the 56,972 referrals that finished a course of treatment in September 2021, 91.2% waited less than 6 weeks and 98.7% waited less than 18 weeks to access IAPT services.


53,636 referrals finished a course of treatment in September 2021 having started at caseness³, of which 26,759 (49.9%) 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: 10 March 2022 4:49 pm