Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Surrey Heartlands


What is IAPT?

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a national Talking Therapies NHS programme. It began in 2008 to help adults in England overcome their depression and anxiety. IAPT is also offered to patients with long term health conditions (such as diabetes) and multiple unknown symptoms (including chronic fatigue syndrome). To access IAPT, patients can talk to their GP, refer themselves, or be referred by another professional such as a midwife, social worker, or carer.


IAPT in Surrey Heartlands

In Surrey Heartlands, IAPT services are commissioned by the CCG. This year around 25,000 local residents will access psychological therapies through the IAPT programme. That will increase to 30,000 by 2023.

We need to ensure that local people can access psychological therapies that meet their needs. We also want services that make it as easy and safe as possible for people to take part, for example by offering phone or online therapy and booking facilities.


Surrey Heartlands CCG is now reviewing how our IAPT service is provided in the future and is engaging the public, providers, and referrers for feedback and suggestions.

However, due to the ongoing Covid Pandemic and the priority focusing on system recovery, the IAPT procurement is currently paused.

Further updates will be released in due course.


Find out further information by visiting one of the following three pages:

  1. Information for members of the public
  2. Information for GPs, other professionals or community referrers
  3. Information for providers
  4. pdf Feedback from IAPT Social Prescribers Engagement Event on 23 November 2020 (437 KB)



Review Date: 2020-10-21
Review Due: 2021-04-19
Model Publication Scheme Class: Class 4: Procurement and Tendering