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Considerable progress has been made in developing effective psychological therapies for common mental health problems but these treatments were rarely available to the public. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme aims to overcome this problem by training a large number of therapists in the latest techniques and deploying them in new, specialist services for depression and the anxiety disorders. A unique feature of the services is that outcomes are recorded and publicly reported on 99% people who have a course of treatment (currently 640,000 per year). The talk covers the background to the establishment of IAPT and the way it has used the dataset to progressively improve the quality and effectiveness of the services.



David M Clark holds the Chair of Experimental Psychology at University of Oxford and is the National Clinical and Informatics Advisor for the IAPT programme and is one of the original architects of the programme. He is well-known for his research on the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Recognition of his work includes Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.



You can access the Zoom link via OxTalks at Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: Science, Politics, Economics and Practice - Oxford Talks  Or, email us at to request the link.