Prior to the inception of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in 2008, no central information was collected about the funding of cognitive behavioural therapy in the national health service. Consequently, the Department on has figures for the period 2008-09 onwards.
The IAPT programme has begun to roll out services in all primary care trusts (PCTs) across England over a three-year period. In years one and two (2008-09 and 2009-10) growth money has been allocated centrally to PCTs that have demonstrated, through the submission of clear delivery plans, that they are ready to run an IAPT service.
In 2008-09 £33 million was allocated to this programme and in 2009-10 an additional £103 million was allocated across England, in 2010-11 £173 million will be allocated.
In Essex, four PCTs have established IAPT services and a total of £681,000 was allocated in year one and a further £1,620,000 was allocated in year two.
The PCT covering Southend is South East Essex PCT which established an IAPT service in October 2009 following the allocation of £517,000 of funding.