Talking therapies: New stats show increased referrals

The latest NHS Digital figures show that 89.4% of referrals waited less than six weeks for their first treatment appointment (up from 89.1% in 2017-18) and 99.0% waited less than 18 weeks to enter treatment (up from 98.8% in 2017-18)3.

Recovery rates have increased gradually year-on-year since the dataset was established in 2012-134, according to figures published in Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of IAPT services5, England, 2018-19.

52.1% of courses of treatment ended in a patient’s recovery in 2018-19 (up from 50.8% in 2017-18) and 67.4% showed reliable improvement (up from 66.4% in 2017-18).

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