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Consultation on changes to Quarterly Improving Access to Psychological Therapies reports

What is this consultation?

This consultation invited responses on the proposed change from Quarterly Improving Access to Psychological therapies reporting to monthly reports.

We proposed a change the way in which data is reported, and sought views on the extent to which these would meet users' needs.

Why did we have this consultation?

The IAPT dataset was first mandated from April 2012-13 and since then reports have been produced on a quarterly basis, to give information on activity levels in the service, such as numbers of referrals received and numbers with a first treatment. Throughout 2012-13 and 2013-14 these measures have been developed and improved, allowing more detailed reports to be generated, including information on outcomes and recovery. There has been an increasing demand for this information to be provided sooner after submission, and to a greater level of detail. In addition, it is a requirement for data to be surfaced in an accessible format, such as a csv file to allow users more versatility in using the data.

The HSCIC therefore conducted this consultation on proposed changes to ensure that these met users' needs (Principle 1 of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics) and made efficient and effective use of available resources (Principle 7 of the Code of Practice for Official statistics).

The proposed changes to the dataset are as follows:

  • Quarterly Improving Access to Psychological therapies reports to cease
  • Monthly data file to be produced containing key measures by CCG-Provider combination in a csv format
  • Executive summary to be produced each month highlighting national activity for a number of key measures, and presenting time series data
  • Monthly data quality report containing measures around the validity of data items submitted to the dataset and a suite of data consistency measures to provide context and inform users on reliability of data when interpreting the reports.
  • Static data quality notice detailing known issues affecting the data quality of the reports, and detailing how to use data quality measures in making judgements about the quality of individual data measures.

Results of the consultation

pdf icon The results of this consultation [282kb], published in June 2014

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