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New statistics released on talking therapies in England

New annual figures have been released by NHS Digital on referrals to talking therapies in England during 2019-20.

The Psychological Therapies, Annual report on the use of IAPT services 2019-20 publication provides information on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.  This programme is run by the NHS in England and offers NICE-approved therapies for treating people with depression and anxiety.

Information that can be found in the report and interactive dashboard includes:

  • number of referrals to talking therapies
  • outcomes of treatments, including recovery2
  • the average number of sessions per referral
  • waiting times for entering and finishing treatment
  • demographic and geographic breakdowns
  • trend data for key activity and outcomes

People seek treatment through IAPT services for depression and a range of anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders and social phobias.

Read the full report

Psychological Therapies, Annual report on the use of IAPT services 2019-20

Notes to Editors

  1. The IAPT dataset became a nationally mandated data set in April 2012; earlier comparable data are not available.
  2. Outcome measures, such as recovery, in IAPT are calculated for referrals that finish a course of treatment within the reporting period having started as clinical cases of anxiety or depression. The term "recovery" has a specific meaning in the context of IAPT services. A referral has moved to recovery if they were defined as a clinical case at the start of their treatment and not as a clinical case at the end of treatment. For further information see the ‘Guide to IAPT data and publications’ at www.digital.nhs.uk/iaptreports
  3. All historical IAPT publications can be found at www.digital.nhs.uk/iaptreports


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