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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) / Talking Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), is a programme that was introduced by NHS England in 2008 to improve access to treatment and services by providing faster access to talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

The  IAPT service provides evidence based treatments for people aged 16+ with mild to moderate anxiety and depression (implementing NICE Guidelines). The service is also available to help patients manage the psychological and emotional impact of long term health conditions e.g. COPD, diabetes.

Treatments may be delivered as part of a group, online or on a one to one basis. Once an assessment has been completed a therapist will speak to the patient about treatment options.  Patients are able to self-refer and will receive an assessment without needing to see their GP first.

Conditions treated include:

  • Adjustment issues e.g. retirement, redundancy, disability
  • Bereavement/loss
  • Dealing with diagnosis and living with health conditions/long term conditions e.g. COPD, diabetes
  • Low self-esteem/confidence
  • Mild to moderate anxiety or depression
  • Panic
  • Phobia
  • Poor sleep
  • Pre & post-natal depression (perinatal)
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Work stress