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More people than ever are receiving psychological therapies and April saw the highest recovery rates so far in the history of the programme, end of year data has shown.
The number of people referred for treatment from January to March (Q4) increased to 367,689 by around 17,000 from 350,505 in Q3. The 15 per cent access target was exceeded hitting a new high of 16.8 per cent.
And the number of people recovering hit an average 48.2 per cent in Q4, up from 45.9 per cent in Q3. In April 21,117 people moved to recovery, meaning a recovery rate for people finishing a course of treatment of 49 per cent, and the highest recovery rate seen so far missing the standard by just one per cent.
Waiting times continue to surpass the standard that 75% of people should start treatment within six weeks: in April, 84.6% of people starting treatment were within 6 weeks of referral, and 97.1% within 18 weeks.
Read the full article on our Mental Health section.