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12 October 2016

Healios is changing mental health services for children and young people, commissioned by East Kent CCGs

SOUTHAMPTON, UK, 12 October 2016 – East Kent NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have commissioned a pilot with Healios to support their children and young peoples’ (C&YP) mental health transformation plans.

The pilot with Healios will work to improve accessibility to evidence-based psychological interventions for 20 C&YP and their families in a cost-effective way. Prior to Healios, families had to travel to a clinician for psychological therapy, managing differing schedules, increasing stress and often resulting in conflicts with other daily responsibilities such as work, childcare, school etc.

Healios brings the entire family together – even those that are based far away, such as university - for a unique online interactive experience, accessible anywhere with an internet connection. Children and young people spend on average 27 hours a week online, making Healios not only a natural fit, but a necessity, ensuring maximum engagement to create the best possible outcomes.

Richard Andrews, Founder and Chairman of Healios said, “We are really excited to bring our mental health services to children and young people after spending years successfully delivering online psychological interventions to adults. Over the years, we’ve seen time and time again where having family intervention at an earlier stage in one’s life could have made all the difference. In working with East Kent CCGs, we now have the opportunity to change the lives of children and young people and give them the support and confidence they need to transform their journey through life.”

A spokesperson for the four East Kent CCGs said, “We know that young people like to spend a lot of time on the internet and are keen to find out how using an online platform might be an effective way of engaging them in therapy and supporting their mental health and wellbeing. We look forward to seeing positive results from the trial.”

Healios delivers a psychological therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for 7-17 year olds with anxiety who may also have symptoms of low mood – this includes all forms of anxiety such as social anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. The service will be offered through Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Teams across Thanet, Canterbury and coastal areas of East Kent.

CBT has been found to be an effective way of reducing anxiety in children and young people, and is an approved therapy by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The aim of Healios’ CBT programme is to improve the child’s anxiety levels while also enhancing the overall family quality of life.

About Healios

Healios is the UK’s leading digital healthcare company, bringing the whole family together to maximise long-term outcomes and well-being. We reimagine the way children, young people, and adults access and receive mental health services by blending the best of technology with specialised clinical expertise and a personal human connection.

At Healios, we transform mental health services by providing quicker diagnosis, faster access to evidence-based psychological therapies, and earlier intervention to create a unique online experience - getting patients and families the right care when and where they need it. Healios is commissioned by NHS CCGs, Mental Health Trusts and local authorities across the UK, and can also be accessed privately. Healios’ Family Intervention service manual for psychosis and schizophrenia has been endorsed by NICE for both the clinical guidelines and quality standards. For more information, visit www.healios.org.uk

About East Kent CCGs

The East Kent Federation of Clinical Commissioning Groups is made up of 4 CCG’s: NHS Ashford CCG, NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, NHS South Kent Coast CCG and NHS Thanet CCG. Almost 670,000 people live in east Kent. By 2020 this number will increase by over 21,000. The CCGs have jointly developed the local transformation plans for children and young people with mental illness.

Media Contact:

Healios: Richard Andrews, Founder, Chairman and CEO Tel: 0330 124 4222 email: communications@healios.org.uk

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