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Mental Health Services

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged over 65 years received services under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme in the latest period for which figures are available. (298668)

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services are available to adults of all ages on the basis of need. These services are specifically for the treatment of mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety disorders.

The Department does not routinely collect national data about the age profile of those who have accessed the first phase of the national roll-out of IAPT services. However, following the end of the first full year of operation, the Department is currently undertaking a National Data Review to examine the impact of the new services. This will include identification of the age profile of people who have accessed these services.

The findings of this review will be available in early 2010.