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Online mental health pilot proves successful for Isle of Wight CCG


10 June 2015

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GPs can give patients access to online tailored cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the new mental health referral programme from the Isle of Wight CCG.

It was launched in January across 17 GP practices and so far the programme has seen 60% recovery rates for those who have completed the treatment.

GPs can give patients access to online tailored cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the new mental health referral programme from the Isle of Wight CCG.

It was launched in January across 17 GP practices and so far the programme has seen 60% recovery rates for those who have completed the treatment.

Previously patients with mild mental anxiety or depression would be referred for an assessment with a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, who would then refer the patient on to the appropriate support services.

In the new model their GP gives them 24/7 access online, where Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners are used to offer support and guidance throughout the programme.

Sue Lightfoot, head of commissioning for children, mental health, dementia and learning difficulties at the CCG, said: “It is estimated that 13,053 Isle of Wight residents experience anxiety or depression each year. We recognised the importance of early intervention and the need to improve access to psychological therapies, as well as improving patient choice when it comes to treatment options.”

“We worked to develop a simplified referral process, enabling secure, immediate access to customisable online CBT programmes within primary care,” she said.

This allows mental health patients to access services through the confidential doctor-patient relationship, in perhaps a less stigmatising online environment.

Ken Cahill, CEO at SilverCloud Health who created the programme, said: “We are delighted to see positive interim results of this pilot. It has shown it is possible to provide access to evidence based treatment within a matter of minutes, ensuring that patients receive the support that they need, as soon as they need it.”

 

 

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