Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set Overview

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set will be in included in a future version of the Mental Health Services Data Set.

Introduction

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set (IAPT) has been developed to support the Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme through a regular national return of data. This includes for example: supporting commissioning, service improvement and service design.

The Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme is an NHS programme in England, which started in 2008, that has transformed treatment of anxiety disorders and depression through the delivery of interventions approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set is a PATIENT level, output based, secondary uses data set which aims to deliver robust, comprehensive, nationally consistent and comparable information for PATIENTS accessing NHS-funded Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Services located in England.

As a secondary uses data set, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct PATIENT care. It defines the data items, definitions and associated value sets to be extracted or derived from local information systems. These national definitions allow Health Care Providers to extract data from their local systems in a consistent manner, which supports national and local reporting to be undertaken.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set includes information on:

Submission Information

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set is submitted centrally on a monthly basis via the Strategic Data Collection Service in the Cloud (SDCS Cloud) maintained by NHS Digital.

Format Information

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set submissions are made using the latest MS Access Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set Intermediate Database (IDB) which is available for download from the Technology Reference Update Distribution (TRUD) page at: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set Intermediate Database.

For guidance on downloading the Intermediate Database (IDB), see the NHS Digital website at: Intermediate Database (IDB) guidance preparing the IDB for making submissions to the SDCS Cloud.

For enquiries regarding technical support for the Intermediate Database (IDB) files, please contact the National Service Desk at: ssd.nationalservicedesk@nhs.net.

Further Guidance

Further guidance relating to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set is available on the NHS Digital website: at Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set.

Mandation

The Mandation column indicates the recommendation for the inclusion of data.

Note: items in the Mandation column which are shown with notation P have not been approved by the Data Alliance Partnership Board and are included to facilitate piloting and testing of future data requirements, prior to formal inclusion in later versions of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set. These items have been included in the data set layout in order to provide advance notice to data providers and system suppliers of the intention to require these items at a later date. Unless ORGANISATIONS are engaged in piloting activities relating to these items, they should NOT submit any data item marked P.

Data Set Constraints

For guidance on the Data Set constraints, see the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Data Set Constraints.