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Support during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

WE ARE OPEN. We are continuing to accept referrals. Throughout the pandemic we have been offering telephone, video and online therapy, all of which have proved to be successful. Face to face appointments are also available. Due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), we have made some temporary changes to keep you and our staff safe.

Support during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

About us

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) have been delivering Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services since 2008. These services are delivered by our IAPT teams within the Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincs areas.

Service information

More information about the specific services that each IAPT team offer can be found on the individual service pages.


Starting in 2005, the NHS has trained and employed an increasing number of clinicians who work in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in the Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincs areas.

Individuals who are seen within those services can expect to receive a course of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommended evidence-based psychological therapy, from an appropriately trained individual for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

IAPT services provide support for adults with depression and anxiety disorders that can be managed effectively in a uni-professional context. NICE recommended therapies are delivered by a single competent clinician.

Referral pathways have been specifically developed to promote access and equality within the IAPT services. Self-referrals are accepted, including online self-referral, referrals from your local GP and secondary care referrals. IAPT services develop strong relationships with professionals across a broad range of mental health care pathways, to ensure the most appropriate therapy.

Our highly skilled team of psychological wellbeing practitioners, cognitive behavioural therapists and counsellors now see over 2,000 people every month.

Online self-referral

To self-refer online please use one of our self-referral form. Use the relevant form for the area of the GP practice that you are registered with.

Guidance on referrals to IAPT

Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) offer NICE recommended treatments for people over the age of 18 years experiencing common mental health problems.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) provide help and support for people who are experiencing:

  • depression, low mood, tearfulness
  • anxiety or panic attacks
  • worries about health
  • feeling worthless, low self-esteem
  • feeling guilty
  • lack of energy
  • poor sleep
  • changes in appetite
  • loss of interest in activities
  • feeling irritable and agitated
  • poor concentration
  • thoughts about suicide
  • distressing, unwanted thoughts that pop into the mind
  • pre-natal and post-natal depression
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • non-severe eating difficulties.

If you think you may be experiencing one or more of the above, please contact your local IAPT service directly for more information, alternatively complete an online referral form.

Referral pathway

  1. Source of Referral: You can self-refer to the IAPT services by telephone or via one of our online forms. You can also be referred by your GP, or by another healthcare professional.
  2. Primary Care-IAPT: Receive your referral and arrange an appointment with a member of the team.
  3. Appointment-Initial Assessment: You will conduct an initial assessment with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. If, after the initial assessment we are not the right service for you, we will aim to find.
  4. Treatment begins: The most appropriate treatment is offered and commenced dependent on your needs. Treatment offered can range from low-intensity cognitive behaviour interventions; guided self-help, or high-intensity interventions such as CBT or Counselling.
The IAPT Service is not suitable for people assessed with significant risks or those whose primary issues are;

  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • personality disorder
  • anger management
  • obvious signs of psychosis
  • organic disorders of the brain
  • substance misuse (unless stable or on a treatment regime).


We observe strict NHS standards of confidentiality and you have control over who else is involved in your care. The only time we will inform others without your permission is if we are concerned for your immediate safety, the safety of others or any safeguarding concerns. During telephone assessment a practitioner will ask whether or not you consent for us to share information with other services. You can give your consent at different levels, and it is important to make your choice clear to a therapist:

  • Full consent: GP and NHS will have access to your medical records. This is the typical level of consent within the NHS, and is so because of the benefits to your healthcare provision. The benefits include increased insight into what has worked best for you in the past, and allows for increased effectiveness of multidisciplinary care.
  • Restricted consent: Your clinical record will only be accessible by the IAPT service.