Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) v2.0 Data Set Consultation Questionnaire

Closed 6 Jun 2019

Opened 9 May 2019


Dear interested party

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Data Set

The IAPT data set was developed to collect national data on IAPT services, to support service delivery and inform clinical decision-making and encourage improved access to talking therapies for people with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders. 

Started in April 2012, this data set is submitted on a monthly basis to NHS Digital by providers of NHS-funded IAPT care.

More information about the IAPT Data Set can be found on the developer's website

NHS Digital release the submitted data in the form of statistical publications covering activity, waiting times and patient outcomes such as recovery.  Further information about these reports can be found on the IAPT Reports webpage:

The developer is the Data Set Development Service within NHS Digital.

Data Coordination Board

The Data Coordination Board (DCB) has received a request for changes to an information standard, ISB1520: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Data Set.

As part of the development and assurance process, this consultation seeks feedback on the proposed changes.

Your feedback will be reported back to the DCB which we anticipate will consider the request for change at its meeting in August 2019.

Version 2.0 of the IAPT Data Set

We are considering changes to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Data Set to ensure it remains relevant and continues to meet reporting requirements and clinical best practice.

The Data Set Development Service has commenced work to develop Version 2.0 of the IAPT Data Set, with the aim of publishing a revised Information Standard in August/September 2019 to support a new data collection starting from April 2020.

Full justification for release and a detailed specification of the changes can be found within the Change Specification document which is provided in draft format for this consultation.

Why We Are Consulting

The Data Set Development Service have been providing a number of engagement opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to the design of the data set. 

This online public consultation will ensure that everyone with an interest in the standard has had the opportunity to provide feedback on the IAPT v2.0 data set change requests received to date.

If you would like to take part, please complete and return one questionnaire per person, on either an individual or organisational basis, by midnight on Thursday 6 June 2019.  

A Word version of the questionnaire is also available to download below and can be submitted over e-mail. 

Completing the Consultation

Please consider the following in your responses:

  • Is this information available within local services?
  • Does the proposed solution allow local data to flow accurately?
  • Is the solution well defined?
  • Are code lists comprehensive?
  • Are the benefits clearly stated and justified with regard to burden?
  • What guidance would be required to support the flow and analysis of this data?
  • Does the documentation accurately reflect the changes?

Please also review the following documents before answering our consultation questions. These can be downloaded further down in the page.

  • Draft Change Specification
  • Draft Data Set Specification
  • Draft Data Model
  • Draft Terminology Requirements

A separate Burden Assessment Survey is also available to download below. This is specifically for service providers, to provide feedback with respect to the anticipated burden of the proposed changes listed in the above referenced documents.  Assessment of burden is an important aspect of the assurance process for all information standard developments requiring approval through the Data Coordination Board.

Thank you for your time and continued support.

Data Set Development Service, NHS Digital


What Happens Next

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, the feedback received will be used in formulating next steps and conversations with local providers where appropriate.


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