Ethnic Inequalities in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

A landmark independent review of services provided by NHS Talking Therapies, formerly known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), has been undertaken in partnership with the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

This report informed by 10 years of anonymised patient data, finds that whilst there is no evidence that talking therapies are unsuitable or ineffective for ethnic minority groups, people from Black and ethnic minority groups experience worse access to, and outcomes from, NHS talking therapies compared to White British groups.

Using mixed-methods research methodology, the review presents action-focused recommendations and highlights examples of good practice.