IAPT Positive Practice Guides for targeted groups

LTP Priority: Mental Health

Population Intervention Triangle: Segments (link to Section 1 PHE PBA): Service

Type of Interventions: IAPT Positive Practice Guides for targeted groups

Major driver of health inequalities in your area of work

Mental health inequalities are often linked with wider cultural and societal systems of disadvantage which impact a person’s wellbeing; including (but not limited to) stigma, discrimination and environment – including housing security. All of these have significant impacts on an individual’s wellbeing, and many of these enablers are beyond the remit of the health system alone. The shift towards more integrated, population-level health systems will support more localised and personalised responses to health inequalities across the prevention and treatment spectrum to be rolled-out.

Target groups

Deprivation and Inclusion Health groups – People who misuse alcohol and other drugs; Learning disability team; People with long term health conditions; People with medically unexplained symptoms; Offenders; Veterans

Protected characteristic – Race, Age (Older people); Maternity (Women during the perinatal period)


IAPT Positive Practice Guides for targeted groups


The IAPT Positive Practice guides, produced by the Department of Health, provide guidance on how IAPT services for those with common mental health problems can be tailored to meet the specific needs of different population / service groups, including:

  • BME
  • People who misuse alcohol and other drugs
  • Learning disability team
  • People with long term health conditions
  • People with medically unexplained symptoms
  • Offenders
  • Veterans
  • Older People
  • Women during the perinatal period


The documents were informed by experts by experience and clinical experts, and draw on a number of positive practice examples occurring around the country.

Guidance for Commissioners

IAPT Positive Practice guides