Bath-based software house Mayden has been awarded government funding via SBRI Healthcare to develop a solution that will relieve the mounting pressure faced by the UK’s mental health services.

The mental health challenge

It’s a big problem: current demand for mental health care vastly exceeds NHS resources, and this gap is set to continue to increase; it’s estimated that by 2030 there will be around 2 million more adults in the UK suffering with mental health problems.

Currently, ten percent of the country’s population is thought to be suffering from a mental health condition such as anxiety and depression which would benefit from psychological therapy, and ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) services have the capacity to meet just fifteen per cent of that demand.

“This funding represents the beginning of a sea-change in mental health services”

 

Of those referred, one in 10 waits over a year for treatment, while around 75% do not receive treatment at all.

IAPTus to the rescue

Mayden already specialise in innovative, flexible cloud-based solutions for healthcare industries such as IAPTus, a patient management system used by 70% of the UK’s adult IAPT services. With the funding they plan to develop and launch an online hub for IAPT services.

 

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IAPTus: patient management is about to get easier thanks to Mayden

The hub will make it easy to prescribe, review, select and book proven, cost-effective online treatment for patients, from live therapy sessions by video link to self-guided programs and apps. It will also be able to track patient progress during their use of these online therapies.

“We are thrilled to be driving forward a solution to the mounting pressure felt by our clients, and for the opportunity to connect struggling individuals with the help they need”

 

“This funding represents the beginning of a sea-change in mental health services,” said Mayden’s Managing Director, Chris May. “We are thrilled to be driving forward a solution to the mounting pressure felt by our clients within the IAPT services, and for the opportunity to connect struggling individuals with the help they need.”

Funding from SBRI Healthcare

The second stage funding came from an NHS England initiative: the closely contested 2014 Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) bid. The SBRI Healthcare programme sets industry the challenge in a series of health related competitions which result in fully funded development contracts between the awarded company and the NHS.

Find out more about SBRI Healthcare and its latest competitions. And you can keep up to date with Mayden‘s activities on their Twitter feed: @maydentweets. You can also read Mayden’s latest white paper about the subject: “Is it time for a sea change in the uptake of online therapies?