Mental Health Services: Older People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of referrals of people aged over 65 to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme since 2019.

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

The following table shows the number of referrals of people aged over 65 years old to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. The data shows a decline in referrals from 2020/21 due to the impact of the pandemic as many people aged over 65 years old were more likely to be isolating. While complete data for 2021/22 is not yet available, the number of referrals is now increasing.

Year

Number of referrals

2018/19

104,347

2019/20

105,438

2020/21

74,565

2021/22 to Quarter 3

72,717

Source: Psychological Therapies, Annual Reports on the use of IAPT services, NHS Digital

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