Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) ethnic inequalities policy review

We have been commissioned by the NHS Race and Health Observatory to carry out this review in order to develop a set of recommendations for how IAPT services can reduce these inequalities for people from minoritised ethnic communities.

The broad aims are to identify:

  • where and why inequalities exist, both in referral to and outcomes for treatment from IAPT services
  • how people from black and minoritised ethnic communities experience IAPT pathways, and how people's experiences vary by ethnicity
  • how the NHS might better embed the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies' IAPT Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Service User Positive Practice Guide.

 To do this, we are:

Recruitment for the focus groups has now ended, however see below for information about the online surveys, or contact Hazel Webb, Project Manager, at

Inviting IAPT Clinical Leads and Commissioners to complete an online survey 

We are inviting IAPT Clinical Leads and Commissioners to make a valuable contribution to the review by responding to one of the surveys linked below. 

These surveys should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and will close at 9am on 4 July 2022.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

  • Taking part allows you to reflect on your own services or commissioning body's approach to tackling inequalities 
  • Taking part supports the effort to improve mental health services in the NHS
  • You would be contributing to valuable research looking to ensure that mental health support is made accessible, appropriate and useful for all people
  • Taking part is easy, requiring only a small amount of your time
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