IAPT services are characterized by three things:
- Evidenced-based psychological therapies: with the therapy delivered by fully trained and accredited practitioners, matched to the mental health problem and its intensity and duration designed to optimize outcomes. From April 2018 all clinical commissioning groups are required to offer IAPT services integrated with physical healthcare pathways. The IAPT Pathway for People with Long-term Physical Health Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms guidance is intended to help with implementation and sets out the ideal pathway for IAPT services.
- Routine outcome monitoring: so that the person having therapy and the clinician offering it have up-to-date information on an individual’s progress. This supports the development of a positive and shared approach to the goals of therapy and as this data is anonymized and published this promotes transparency in service performance encouraging improvement.
- Regular and outcomes focused supervisionso practitioners are supported to continuously improve and deliver high quality care.
The priorities for service development are:
- Expanding services so that 1.9m adults access treatment each year by 2024.
- Focusing on people with long term conditions.Two thirds of people with a common mental health problem also have a long term physical health problem, greatly increasing the cost of their care by an average of 45% more than those without a mental health problem. By integrating IAPT services with physical health services the NHS can provide better support to this group of people and achieve better outcomes.
- Supporting people to find or stay in work.Good work contributes to good mental health, and IAPT services can better contribute to improved employment outcomes.
- Improving quality and people’s experience of services.Improving the numbers of people who recover, reducing geographic variation between services, and reducing inequalities in access and outcomes for particular population groups are all important aspects of the development of IAPT services.
The previous IAPT website is no longer updated – if you require any information or resources from this website, you can access an archived version on theNational Archives website.
IAPT Services in SW London Merton https://www.mertonuplift.nhs.uk/ Sutton https://www.suttonuplift.co.uk/ Wandsworth https://www.talkwandsworth.nhs.uk/ Kingston https://www.icope.nhs.uk/ Croydon https://slam-iapt.nhs.uk/croydon/welcome-to-croydon-iapt/ Richmond https://www.richmondwellbeingservice.nhs.uk/