NAO investigation into IAPT reporting

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NAO investigation into IAPT reporting

Post by LIWY » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:12 pm

Just wanted to highlight this in case any IAPTers think they might have something useful to contribute on the way IAPT stats are collected and prepared. Any experience for instance of having to record things as treatment that you would not really consider treatment (such as triage, calls to those on wait lists, introductory seminars) for instance would interest them.

As would any ways to make recovery rates seem higher such as not using disorder specific questionnaires, discharging when MDS drops below caseness with no follow up, making multiple treatment episodes for the same person, having a guideline such as those on third episode are not included in recovery stats.

Plus of course hearing about where stats are collected in a way that is helpful to improving access and recovery in order to keep balance. ... ance-data/

The ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) programme increases access to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approved treatment for depression and anxiety disorders. In October 2014, the Department of Health and NHS England jointly published Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020. This set new standards for the time people should wait for mental health treatment and the care they should be able to access. In the case of IAPT services, the standards are that 75% of people referred should be treated within six weeks, and 95% within 18 weeks of referral, and that 50% of those who complete treatment will recover. NHS Digital publishes monthly statistics that report performance against these standards. This investigation will establish the facts around how the national statistics are prepared.

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