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.