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1.4 million people referred to NHS mental health therapy in the past year


Of the 1.4 million new referrals for talking therapies as part of NHS England’s Increasing Access to Talking Therapies (IAPT) programme, 965,000 people began treatment, a 32,000 rise on patient numbers from the year before.

As well as increasing numbers of people getting treatment, performance statistics for 2016/17 show that waiting times are decreasing and recovery rates improving. The number of people recovering from their condition has increased on the previous 12 months, with over 50 per cent of patients making a recovery in every month of this year.

IAPT is a key element of NHS England’s improvements to mental health services, offering talking therapies to people with common conditions including depression and anxiety. Expanding access to this type of early intervention care will mean people’s conditions are spotted and treated sooner, reducing the need for more intensive, and higher cost, treatments.

The new findings come after the New York Times described the IAPT programme as “the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses”.

Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s National Director for Mental Health, said: “Ever increasing numbers of people are getting treated by the NHS and recovering from mental ill health. Talking therapists in the NHS helped nearly one million people last year, and not only are more patients getting help more quickly, but their chances of recovering, thanks to NHS support, are improving significantly.

“However, we are not complacent. Mental health services have for too long been neglected, so even with significant extra funding of more than £1bn over five years, raising standards of care to a consistently high level will take further years of hard work and continued investment.”

Related events:

New Savoy Conferences presents Disrupting IAPT: can digital pathways 'change the game'?
Wednesday 6 December 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Improving Psychological Therapies For Mental Health Trauma National Summit 2017
Friday 8 December 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Wednesday 21 March — Thursday 22 March 
Millenium Conference Centre, London

Depression in adults: treatment and management
Friday 27 April 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London


4 December 2017


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