NHS figures show that the number of people accessing talking therapies for conditions such as anxiety and depression through the NHS increased by 21.5 per cent from 2020-2021 to 2021-2022.

The report, entitled ‘Psychological Therapies: Annual report on the use of IAPT services, England 2021-22’, provides information on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program which is run by the NHS and offers therapies approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The publication comes with an “IAPT Annual Interactive Dashboard” showing demographic and geographic breakdowns, wait times to enter and complete treatment, and more. It can be watched here.

The report describes how 1.24 million referrals accessed IAPT services in 2021-22, compared to 1.02 million in 2020-21. Courses offered include cognitive behavioral therapy, guided self-help, reprocessing eye movement desensitization and interpersonal psychotherapy.

It also shows how the total number of referred users grew by 24.5 percent from 2020-21 to 2021-22, rising from 1.46 million to 1.81 million. The number of referrals completing treatment increased by 4.6 percent, with 50.2 percent of referrals moving on to recovery, down 1.2 percent from the previous year.

An interactive therapy-based scoreboard is also available that shares results for different courses of therapy and measures therapy-based improvement, therapy-based recovery, and therapy-based deterioration. This dashboard can be viewed here.

NHS Digital figures show 21.5 percent rise in access to IAPT services for 2021-2022

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