To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Minister for Public Health and Innovation's comments for Huffington Post, entitled Time to change - men and mental health, published on 23 February 2017, what the evidential basis is for the calculation on waiting times and standards for talking therapies; and what time period that calculation relates to.
One of the stated targets of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme is that for new referrals, 75% enter treatment within six weeks, and 95% within 18 weeks. These are based on the waiting times between the referral date and the first attended treatment appointment, for referrals finishing a course of treatment in the month. This calculation of waiting times has been published since April 2015 (based on January 2015 final data), as described in the Methodological Change Notice, published here:
Latest data for IAPT for November 2016 show that of those completing a course of IAPT treatment, 88.8% waited less than six weeks to receive treatment.