Developing excellence in the workforce is the key to achieving the best patient recovery rates and greater savings to both the NHS and the wider economy. 

The IAPT workforce is specifically developed to deliver NICE-recommended low and high intensity interventions for people with mild, moderate to severe depression and anxiety disorders in a system of stepped care.

Different skill mixes can result in different cost effectiveness so, rather than prescribing the exact workforce numbers and types of staff, IAPT workforce guidance emphasises the functions/competences and levels of work of staff in IAPT services.  High quality services use agreed frameworks adapted to local need.   

Each therapeutic approach has agreed standards.

See IAPT education, training and development for details

Working in the IAPT Programme: Frequently asked questions

IAPT Jobs, Education and Training FAQ

NHS IAPT services for depression and anxiety

For information on local NHS services treating depression and anxiety a provisional directory is available on this site via links below


East Midlands

East of England


North East

North West

South Central

South East Coast

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and Humber