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Mental health treatment figures released

17th January 2014

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have published their first annual report on statistics for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

IAPT is designed to provide services for those with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Those who are diagnosed with a certain severity of depression or anxiety meet a 'caseness threshold'.

The report reveals that women account for 62% of the referrals and those between the ages of 20 and 49 make up 71% of those referred. Of all the 884,000 referrals made in 2012/13, 434,000 required an individual to enter treatment, of those, 92% had an appointment within 90 days.

Of the 535,000 referrals to have ended in 2012/13, 127,000 had initially met the "caseness threshold" when they entered treatment and, of these, 54,000 (43%) had achieved recovery by the time they completed treatment.

The HCSCIC report looks at whether referrals ending treatment have resulted in a recovery from the condition. HSCIC’s chair Kingsley Manning said: "the report has been much anticipated given it provides the first annual snapshot of access to psychological therapies in England for people with anxiety and depression." He also described it as "vital such information is not only collected and published but that it is read and used to help develop services".

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