How to refer

Referrals can be made online using the professionals referral form.

If you have any questions regarding suitability please call 01908 725099 and speak to the on call duty worker.



Referral and Eligibility Criteria

IAPT is a national initiative to provide a ‘systematic way to organise the delivery of, and access to, evidence-based psychological therapies within the NHS’.

Patients must be:

  • Over 17 and 9 months
  • Experiencing common mental health problems which impact on their ability to self-manage
  • Not at risk of suicide
  • Registered with a GP in Milton Keynes

Who is IAPT for?

Supporting adults with depression/anxiety who can be managed effectively in a ‘uni-professional context’.

  • Mild to moderate depression
  • generalised anxiety disorder
  • social anxiety disorder
  • panic disorder
  • agoraphobia
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • specific phobias (such as heights or small animals)
  • PTSD
  • health anxiety (hypochondriasis)
  • body dysmorphic disorder

IAPT cannot treat issues directly relating to:

  • Psychosis
  • Personality Disorder
  • Anger
  • Conditions in the presence of an un-managed substance misuse disorder
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Organic or functional neurological disorders
  • Anxiety/depression of a complexity such that treatment of longer duration is considered necessary to achieve positive outcome

The IAPT service bases treatment decisions on the basis of presenting difficulties requiring support and not on the basis of diagnosis.  All cases are considered on a case by case basis.


The service is not suitable for people assessed with significant risks. The service is suitable for those where the likelihood of acting out is very low and the impact would be minor, not requiring medical intervention.  Examples include people who have suicidal ideation but with no plans or intent, or who may superficially cut or scratch but do not require medical intervention

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Manual (2017).  National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health