Chronic conditions CBT programme extends

L-R: Dr Laura Telky, counselling psychologist
and Diane Reilly, cCBT administrator
Wednesday 9th October 2019

Patients with long-term conditions like diabetes and chronic pain are to benefit as an online cognitive behavioural therapy programme extends.

SilverCloud is a new computerised self-help programme for individuals with mild to moderate symptoms of low mood and anxiety that can accompany long-term health conditions.

NHS Lanarkshire has been successful in its bid to be involved in the extension of the programme into the specialist fields of type one or two diabetes and chronic pain.

Dr Laura Telky, counselling psychologist and clinical lead for the project, said: “The SilverCloud computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) online programme will increase access to evidence-based treatments through the use of online technology.

“Patients can access this anywhere at any time to reduce the symptoms of low mood and anxiety.”

The general recommendations of SilverCloud use are 40 minutes per week, over a six to eight week period – typically spending ten to 15 minutes on the programme, three or four times a week.

Designed to be flexible, patient-focused, interactive and easy to use, participants are able to complete the course online in their own home using a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

The pilot programme has been rolled out to psychological therapy teams and community mental health teams, as well as general practitioners across Lanarkshire, with the aim of reaching a target of 335 referrals within the next 12 months.