Using digital tools to support children and young people

Northpoint has worked with SilverCloud® by Amwell® to develop internet based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for children and young people (CYP). Undertaking a design thinking approach and working with clinicians and young people, the CYP programmes have now been recommended by National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE).

This panel session, hosted by GovConnect, included Helen McGlinchey, Head of Services & Clinical Lead for Schools at Northpoint, Dr Katie Young, Principal Digital Health Scientist at Amwell and Douglas Hiscock, Behavioural Health Lead at Amwell.

In this recorded webinar the panel looked at:

  • The mental health challenges facing young people in a post-pandemic digital world
  • The rising challenges of supporting young people
  • How digital therapies can help support young people and mental health practitioners alike
  • The importance of supporting parents and carers of young people
  • The research that is validating the NICE recommendation.

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Helen McGlinchey

Head of Services & Clinical Lead: Schools, Northpoint
Helen has been with Northpoint since 2006. Prior to that she worked as a therapist in the York NHS HR Staff Support network and with the York Young Carer Service. Helen has responsibility for all of Northpoint's Schools services – across Leeds, York, Harrogate, Doncaster & Bradford – and oversees other related school projects. Helen is also the Northpoint lead for the MindMate Wellbeing service which supports children and young people aged 5-19, where anxiety and low mood are affecting their day-to-day life.


Douglas Hiscock CPsychol

Behavioural Health Lead at Amwell
Douglas has a wealth of experience developing Healthcare Services spanning the Private, Charity and Public Sectors. This ranges from, sitting as an Advisor on Trustee Boards, to managing National and International projects, to running local voluntary services and managing large NHS contracts. Doug’s work in the Public Sector includes working for NHS England on the Regional Performance Team to deliver wider NHS targets, and working alongside the IST team to improve the regional delivery of IAPT targets. As Head of Psychological Therapies for Rethink Mental Illness, Doug had responsibility for six Rethink run IAPT services in England, managing a 10 million budget and ensuring they delivered to commissioning contracts and that the services were compliant with the National IAPT targets. This included the development of robust local management structures and policies to ensure patient and staff safety and working with the IAPT services to identify training needs and commission appropriate courses to deliver the services objectives. He also led as the Head of Performance for ELFT on the implementation of SilverCloud® by Amwell® across 4 service including the IAPT demonstration site at Newham. Doug has extensive business development experience and has led on successful bids to County Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Government Departments, Trusts and the National Lottery.


Dr Katie Young

Senior Digital Health Scientist at Amwell
Katherine Young is a Senior Digital Health Scientist at Amwell. She received her PhD in Psychiatry from the University of Oxford and has over a decade of experience in mental health research, most recently as a Lecturer at King’s College London.
Her SilverCloud® research interests focus on using digital interventions to better understand and treat mental health problems in diverse populations, with a particular focus on children and young people’s mental health.