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Psychological therapies (IAPT)

Gateway reference: 16149

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme aims to improve access to evidence based talking therapies in the NHS through an expansion of the psychological therapy workforce and service.  The programme’s services offer effective evidence-based intervention and treatment choice to people with depression and anxiety disorders. The programme is training a new workforce of 3,600 extra therapists over 3 years to 2010/11 and treating up to 900,000 people in that time.

Services routinely collect patient reported outcome measures, and are showing a range of benefits for people receiving services including, better health and well-being, more choice and better accessibility to clinically effective evidence-based services and helping people stay employed and able to participate in the activities of daily living.

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