Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th January 2022.

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Photo of Rosena Allin-Khan Rosena Allin-Khan Shadow Minister (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS is on track to reach the target of 1.9 million adults accessing IAPT treatment each year by 2023-24 as set out in the NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019-20 to 2023-24; and what steps his Department is taking to support the NHS in reaching that target.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The latest data for September 2021 shows that 102,252 referrals accessed Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. This is an increase from 95,793 referrals in August 2021. We are allocating an additional £500 million in 2021/22 to address waiting times for mental health services, provide greater access to mental health support and invest in the National Health Service workforce. Of this funding, £38 million will be used to increase capacity in IAPT services to improve access and maintain waiting times and recovery rates, through measures such as training and development of the workforce.

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