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ManImproving Access to Psychological Therapies is an NHS programme rolling out services across England offering interventions approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders.

This website supports the trainees, trainers and service teams involved in the programme with guidance documents, learning resources and examples of materials that can be adapted by IAPT services.  GPs and Practice Nurses can access an online course about IAPT and consultation skills on on the RCGP website.

The second phase of the programme was marked by the publication of ‘Talking Therapies: a four year plan of action’ in February 2011. The plan was published with No health without mental health, a cross-government strategy’, and aims to expand the scope of the programme to children and young people, and people with long-term physical conditions, medically unexplained symptoms or severe mental illness.

Local services routinely advertise training posts and any other vacancies on the NHS Jobs website. Recruitment usually happens in the summer and training years usually begin in October. Please refer to the IAPT Jobs, Education and Training FAQ for further information. More detailed information may be available on NHS Jobs or from the Mental Health commissioning lead at your local Primary Care Trust or GP Commissioning Consortium.

Recommended Downloads

IAPT 3 Year Report - The first million patients. November 2012  Download the Full Report & Download the Summary Leaflet

Thrive: The Power of Psychological Therapies Andrew Marr interviews Professor Clark and Lord Layard. Full Video

Psychological Therapies for anxiety and depression: A two year study, by Richards and Borglin.  Read more here

'Implementing NICE guidelines- The IAPT experience', Clark (2011) . Download a copy

Research article; 'Cost of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme: An analysis of cost of session, treatment and recovery in selected Primary Care Trusts in the East of England region',  Radhakrishnan M, Hammond G, Jones P, Watson A, McMillan-Shields F, Lafortune L (2013). Download here

Research article; `Comparative Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapies Delivered Face-to-Face or over the Telephone: An Observational Study Using Propensity Methods`, Hammond GC, Croudace TJ, Radhakrishnan M, Lafortune L, Watson A, et al. (2012), Read more here

This website has been developed to support Practitioners, Service Providers and Commissioners of talking therapies.

MapFor advice, support and information on mental health services please visit NHS Choices. To locate an NHS IAPT service refer to the services lists.

To read more about what's happening across the Regions, click here

Please note we do not hold details on vacancies within IAPT services. Please refer to IAPT jobs, education and training FAQ or go to or contact your local PCT