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NHS Digital Released New Statistics on Talking Therapies in England

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New annual figures have been released by NHS Digital on referrals to talking therapies for conditions such as anxiety and depression in England during 2020–21.

The Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of IAPT services, England 2020–21 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.

The 2020-21 report shows that:

  • In total, 1.46 million referrals to talking therapies were made in 2020–21 – down 14.0% from 1.69 million in 2019–20.
  • Of those referred, 1.02 million accessed the services – down 12.2% from 1.17 million in 2019–20.
  • Overall, 90.0% of referrals started treatment within six weeks, up 2.6 percentage points from 87.4% in 2019–20.
  • The number of referrals completing a course of treatment increased by 4.6% from 606,192 in 2019–20 to 634,649 in 2020–21.
  • The figures also show that 51.4% of referrals moved to recovery in 2020–21, up 0.3 percentage points from 51.1% in 2019–20.
  • People completing a course of treatment received on average 7.5 sessions in 2020-21, up from 6.9 in 2019–20.

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

  • Number of referrals to talking therapies
  • Outcomes of treatments, including recovery
  • 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, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorders and social phobias. Treatments can include therapies such as counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and peer support.

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