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

We are recruiting for focus groups as part of our policy review into the nature of the inequalities that exist in IAPT services in England.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:

  • holding focus groups with IAPT therapists (now recruiting for May 2022)
  • holding focus groups with IAPT service users (now recruiting for June 2022)
  • conducting a survey for IAPT service leads
  • conducting a survey for IAPT service commissioners.

Interested in supporting or taking part in this work?

See below for information about the virtual focus groups and online surveys, or contact Hazel Webb, Project Manager, at

About the focus groups and online surveys

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Recruiting IAPT therapists for the online focus groups on 30 May and 23 June 2022

Recruiting IAPT service users for the online focus groups on 15 and 29 June 2022

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