Cost of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme: An analysis of cost of session, treatment and recovery in selected Primary Care Trusts in the East of England region

Recent literature on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) has reported on improvements in clinical outcomes, changes in employment status and the concept of recovery attributable to IAPT treatment, but not on the costs of the programme.

This article reports the costs associated with a single session, completed course of treatment and recovery for four treatment courses (i.e., remaining in low or high intensity treatment, stepping up or down) in IAPT services in 5 East of England region Primary Care Trusts.

Costs were estimated using treatment activity data and gross financial information, along with assumptions about how these financial data could be broken down.

The estimated average cost of a high intensity session was £177 and the average cost for a low intensity session was £99.

The average cost of treatment was:

  • £493 (low intensity)
  • £1416 (high intensity)
  • £699 (stepped down)
  • £1514 (stepped up), and
  • £877 (All)

The cost per recovered patient was:

  • £1043 (low intensity)
  • £2895 (high intensity)
  • £1653 (stepped down)
  • £2914 (stepped up),
  • and £1766 (All)

Full reference

Radhakrishnana M., Hammond G., et al (2013) Cost of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme: An analysis of cost of session, treatment and recovery in selected Primary Care Trusts in the East of England region. Behaviour Research and Therapy, Volume 51, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 37–45. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2012.10.001