NHS Digital has today published the latest monthly report into Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
The report includes monthly final data from September and October 2020 and details information on activity within the service, waiting times and outcomes for service users.
The publication contains a number of changes from previous publications. These include:
- Change of patient counting methodology.
- Inclusion of internet-enabled therapy (IET) now included in the data.
Changes to the patient counting methodology will mean:
- Statistics which are a count of referrals or people will tend to be lower using the new method.
- Statistics which use historically submitted statuses will tend to be higher using the new method.
The effect on England-level statistics is small.
Internet-enabled therapy involves patients working through materials on the internet with a therapist inputting with encouragement, clarifications, and feedback at key points.
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.