A groundbreaking digital service that teaches people to cope with mental health conditions is now being trialled across Scotland following early trials by NHS Forth Valley and NHS Tayside.
The £800k MasterMind project is part of the wider European programme and includes a two-year computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (cCBT) trial across four health board regions – Shetland, Grampian, Lanarkshire and Fife.
The trial will allow GPs and other mental health professionals to offer the digital therapy to patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety within the four participating health boards. Face to face CBT has been used for many years to treat depression and this digital therapy will enable a much larger patient group to access the clinically-proven digital treatment.
In Scotland, early trials of cCBT by NHS Forth Valley and Tayside have led to it’s adoption by their psychological therapy departments due to consistently effective results.
Project management for MasterMind is being led by SCTT to ensure the delivery of the two year trial and to support the development of cCBT across the whole of Scotland. The project’s overall European aims are to examine the factors and best practice required in different cultural and healthcare structures, to replicate this type of intervention more widely in the EU.