A new name for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services


From 1 May 2023 our IAPT services will be known as NHS Talking Therapies, for anxiety and depression. It is a new name, but the same service.

If you are under the care of our IAPT services, or referred to our services, you do not need to do anything – your care will not be affected, and you can continue to contact your healthcare teams as usual.

That means that from 1 May 2023, our IAPT services will be known as:

  • NHS Barnsley Talking Therapies
  • NHS Calderdale Talking Therapies, and,
  • NHS Kirklees Talking Therapies

The move to rename IAPT to Talking Therapies follows a consultation run by NHS England in 2022.

Our Talking Therapies services help people get quick and easy access to the best type of therapy for their needs. They see people for a range of common mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, depression and low mood.

It is hoped that changing the name to Talking Therapies will make it easy to understand what our services are for, help people access our service, and support appropriate referrals. There will be no change to the way the service works.

You may notice changes to our service websites, and letters, which will use ‘Talking Therapies’ rather than ‘IAPT’.

If you have any questions, please speak to your healthcare team.

You can find out more about each of our services on their websites:

Please note that these websites will still use IAPT until 1 May 2023.

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A new name for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services

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