Last updated on 2nd January 2009
The "Improving Access to Psychological Therapies" (IAPT) initiative is very ambitious and exciting. It states its principal aim is to support English Primary Care Trusts in implementing "National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence" (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. IAPT go on to say that "At present, only a quarter of the 6 million people in the UK with these conditions are in treatment, with debilitating effects on society."
One aspect of this carefully planned initiative is strong encouragement to assess and monitor the progress of those who are getting help. Visiting the IAPT "Outcomes Toolkit and FAQ" web page provides access to several freely downloadable documents. The emphasis is on good assessment measures that are free to use. See below:
IAPT Outcomes Toolkit 2008/9 PDF - this 81 page 1.1Mb Adobe PDF is the September 08 version with amended IAPT Paper Based Data Set Questionnaires.