Technology-Assisted Mental Health Services

Report of a Survey of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists Providing Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lessons for the Future

The NHS Long Term Plan makes important commitments to the development of more personalised therapeutic options and person-centred care. It commits to the expansion of digital technology to provide convenient ways for patients to access advice and care. The NHS will continue to invest in expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs at least an additional 345,000 children and young people by 2023/24.

The use of digital technology will be one element in developing services to meet these goals. The aim of this report is to support the safe and effective roll-out of these technologies within child and adolescent mental health services by learning from the experience of remote and online working during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is based on a survey completed by 376 frontline clinicians.