New online therapeutic solutions for IAPT Service Providers

Phase 1 introduces evidence-based programmes to tackle anxiety, depression and stress

London June 24th 2014SilverCloud Health, a global provider of behavioural and mental wellness online solutions, is pleased to announce the availability of a new range of online therapeutic programmes, developed in collaboration with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, to meet the specific needs of IAPT service providers. Phase 1 includes evidence-based programmes for the treatment of depression, anxiety and stress. Berkshire Healthcare and particularly their “Talking Therapies” IAPT service has worked closely with SilverCloud Health to develop solutions particularly suitable for IAPT step 2 service provision. The solutions are the first to go live since Berkshire Healthcare and SilverCloud Health announced their partnership at the end of last year.

Judith Chapman, Clinical Director of Talking Therapies (IAPT) at Berkshire Healthcare, said, “For IAPT service providers the programmes are easy to start-up and to imbed in service pathways. Programme content is built on evidence-based therapies and has been adapted to integrate with the Psychological Well Being Practitioner training syllabus and N.I.C.E. compliant standards. The platform allows for easy collection of the IAPT minimum data set, on every client. It is available 24/7 and increases capacity and access for hard to reach client groups. To date, we have seen a high level of client satisfaction with the content and the platform.”

Estimates suggest that 6.1 million people in England are currently affected by mental health difficulties. According to recent figures[1], IAPT services have been successful in providing access to 2.5% of those in need.

SilverCloud Health’s UK Director, Aislinn Enright sees the new programmes as playing a key role in addressing IAPT requirements for better access to services, clinical improvement and recovery, and increased patient choice. “The flexible, online delivery eases demands on face-to-face time for IAPT service providers and provides access to individuals that may not wish to engage in face-to-face counselling, or who face physical and/or psychological obstacles to accessing help. Ensuring treatment completion is one of the main goals for IAPT; this is addressed by a number of innovative features including a supportive model, non-linear delivery, media-rich content and social & community features. Patient improvement is measured using outcomes based analytics that incorporate and report on the IAPT minimum data set requirements.”

References:

1) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Key Performance Indicators (IAPT KPIs) – Final Q4 2012-13