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CEP discussion paper

Improving Access to Psychological Therapy: Initial Evaluation of the Two Demonstration Sites


The Government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) programme aims to implement NICE Guidance for people with depression and anxiety disorders. In the first phase of the programme, two demonstration sites were established in Doncaster and Newham with funding to provide increased availability of cognitive-behaviour therapy-based (CBT) services to those in the community who need them. The services opened in late summer 2006. This paper documents the achievements of the sites up to September 2007 (roughly their first year of operation) and makes recommendations for the future roll out of IAPT services.


David M. Clark, Richard Layard and Rachel Smithies

November 2008     Paper Number CEPDP0897

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Community Wellbeing programme.