On Friday the BBC TV broadcast an interview with me in which I said IAPT’s recovery rate was just 15%, this contrasts with IAPT’s claim of a 50% recovery rate, arrived at by marking their own homework. Further I noted that using IAPT’s own data there is a threefold difference in recovery rate by geographic area, if there were such differences in outcome with heart bypass surgery it would be thought that something was seriously amiss. It is great that the subject of IAPT has finally come under public scrutiny but Clinical Commissioning Groups, MPs, and professional bodies have to put IAPT in the dock and question whether the £1bn expenditure on it has been justified. That there has been no funded independent assessment is an ongoing scandal.
The BBC Investigation can be accessed using the following link
interestingly IAPT focussed the BBC’s attention on the 1 in 7 geographic areas that fail to reach its’ 50% yardstick, rather than that only 1 in 7 of its’ clients overall recover.
Dr Mike Scott