Digital enhancement of mental health services
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began in 2008 and has transformed treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression. We are hosting a joint event with West Midlands AHSN to explore innovations that support improved access to psychological therapies on 5 December 2019 to explore innovations that support improved access to psychological therapies.
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We are looking for digital innovations that are already available, have been piloted, currently being evaluated or could be adapted to enhance treatment/recovery to improve the delivery of IAPT services in primary care across a range of mental health and physical health conditions.
We are working with our neighbouring West Midlands AHSN and will review all proposed innovations in partnership with the AHSN Mental Health and Digital Theme Directors.
“The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health set out plans for expanding IAPT services so at least 1.5 million people can access care each year by 2020/21. We will continue to expand access to IAPT services for adults and older adults with common mental health problems, with a focus on those with long-term conditions...By 2023/24, an additional 380,000 adults and older adults will be able to access NICE-approved IAPT services.” NHS Long Term Plan
We are seeking digital innovations across key areas to support the delivery of IAPT services:
- Access: Referral and Assessment – could include solutions to speed up processes or improved methods for recruiting patients into research studies
- Digital Therapies – flexible/innovative delivery of therapies to improve outcomes for people with the most common anxiety related disorders and other conditions treated within IAPT
- Patient Self-Management and recovery – solutions encouraging patients to monitor/maintain their mental health during and following treatment
- Workforce – solutions to develop the role of the therapist, improve staff’s own well-being and satisfaction.
We will be jointly holding a Digital Technologies in Mental Health and IAPT event focusing on Digital Technologies in Mental Health and Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
Desired impact / outcomes
The desired outcomes of this process are to identify digital innovations to enhance treatment/recovery to improve the delivery of IAPT services in primary care across a range of mental health and physical health conditions.