Children’s mental health services improved thanks to new technology

Brand new hand held computers will give a boost to children’s mental health services by quickly helping to tailor treatments to meet their needs as well as indicating the progress being made, according to an announcement made by the Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.

Backed with a fund worth almost £2m, children and young people will now be able to use tablet computer within their therapy sessions to give both them, and their therapists, instant access to the information detailing how close they are to reaching their treatment goals, as well as tracking their progress.

This latest use of technology is being backed by research which shows that monitoring both the goals and outcome of treatment will help to improve the recovery rates of children and young people, as well as increasing satisfaction in the level of service they are receiving. This device is set to be rolled out in 42 sites across England.

Norman Lamb said that by acting early to help children suffering from mental health problems could prevent a lifetime of treatment and social alienation as half of those who are suffering from lifelong mental health problems displayed their first symptoms before the age of 14. He added that the technology also played a vital part in helping both children and young people how their treatment is progressing, and if it isn’t going as well as it should practitioners can change their approach.

The hand held computers can also be used by therapists to record their sessions in order for their clinical tutors and supervisors to be able to view the sessions and give any appropriate advice on their techniques to help the therapists improve their skills. It will also drastically cut the time that therapists and administrators are currently spending recording outcomes, freeing their time to concentrate on more important issues.

 

 

 

 

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