Jargon buster

A guide to some of the terms used within the NHS

Improving Access to Psychological Therapy

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme aims to improve access to talking therapies in the NHS by providing more local services and psychological therapists. IAPT services have now been set up across the NHS.

Informal patient

Someone who is in hospital because they want to be - or at least feel that it could be helpful for them. Someone who is not detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA).


Someone who stays in hospital to receive care and treatment.

Involvement Register

A register where people who use mental health services, carers and the public can become involved in various aspects of the Trust, such as attending regular committee meetings, working on an audit project or taking part in staff recruitment.

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