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Assessment of the Economic Impact of IAPT Employment Support Services in London

Friday 11 March 2011

In 2011, OPM conducted an economic evaluation of IAPT employment support services in partnership with the regional IAPT implementation team, Working for Wellness. It involved direct research with five employment support services delivered as part of IAPT in 15 London Primary Care Trusts. The principal aim of the study was to examine the return on investment for integrated employment services above and beyond the returns provided by IAPT clinical services alone.

The study involved the calculation of direct and indirect costs associated with these services, as well as the monetised benefits accrued to the individuals who use them, as well as to wider services and to the overall economy.

Among other thins this report found that the employment support service can generate £2.79 in benefits for every £1 spent, add value to psychological services and improve the quality of outcomes for people affected by common mental health problems.