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Meeting the NHS England challenge

Ieso Digital Health is today hosting a conference for NHS mental health commissioners, to help them better understand more about digital health services, and what these can offer in terms of delivering a local service by 2020/21, that meets the needs of both the CCG and patient. The event is being held at the The Gridiron Building, One Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

The conference is focused to appeal to commissioners who want to know and understand more about how they can reach the expected 25% access rate of local prevalence identified by NHS England by 2020/21. Delivering these new objectives will require CCGs to consider commissioning new and innovative services.

The event features key contributions from Dr James Woollard, Senior Clinical Fellow in Mental Health Technology and Innovation, NHS England, Sarah Bateup, Dr Jill Rasmussen, Dr Caroline Jessel and Barnaby Perks. Attendees will also hear from selected local services that are already working with digital health providers, offering patients a choice between online and face-to-face therapy.

About our contributors

Dr James Woollard

Dr James Woollard is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Fellow in Mental Health Technology and Innovation at NHS England. His role involves bringing together and co-ordinating the national policy programs for Mental Health and Technology. He is chair of the national Expert Reference Group for Digital Innovation and Adoption in Psychological Therapies as part of the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

Sarah Bateup

Sarah Bateup is Clinical Director at Ieso Digital Health. Having worked for many years in the UK NHS managing talking therapies services, Sarah is responsible for all clinical management at Ieso Digital Health, including therapist supervision and quality monitoring. Sarah is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has a Masters in Education and teaching qualifications. She teaches clinical skills at a number of UK universities and has significant experience of teaching medical practitioners, nurses and psychologists about CBT.

Nicole Main

Dr Nicole Main is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Health and Care Professions Council registered Practitioner Psychologist and accredited CBT therapist. Dr Main is currently the Head of Enfield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Wellbeing Service. She specialises in treating adults with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

Alec Renmant

Alec Renmant is the Service Lead in Medway with Insight Healthcare, a national provider of IAPT services. Alec is a qualified mental health nurse who has worked in mental health services management for the last 14 years. He has spent the last 3 years growing and developing the Kent service in an ‘Any Qualified Provider’ environment which has quadrupled in size.

Dr Jill Rasmussen MBChB FRCGP FFPM

Dr Jill Rasmussen is a Community Clinician with a special interest in psychiatry and neurology, dementia, Mental Health and Intellectual Disability. She also has experience as a commissioner. She is the RCGP Clinical Lead for Dementia, Clinical Lead SE Network Clinical Lead for dementia, Chair of the Lewy Body Society Specialist Advisory Group and Primary Care Representative on the RCPsych Old Age Faculty. She has also led the development of the Dementia Roadmap.

Caroline Jessel

Dr Caroline Jessel is the NHS England Lead for the South Regional Sustainability and Health Network. She has been a GP for 30 years and currently works for NHS England South as Lead for Clinical Transformation and Outcomes. She has always embraced digital technology as a means of reducing use of resources, improving the experience of care and empowering individuals to improve their health.

Barnaby Perks

Barnaby Perks is an engineer who has specialised in the commercialisation of healthcare technology. Barnaby joined Ieso Digital Health as CEO in January 2011, raising investment to start the company’s commercial journey following successful publication of clinical trial data in The Lancet. Barnaby has grown Ieso to become a significant provider of NHS-commissioned mental health services, delivering high quality, clinically validated and cost effective therapy.

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