Staff at St George's Tooting get £90k for latest technology
New hand-held computers worth £90,000 have been awarded a hospital trust following a Government funding boost.
The new devices for South West London and St George's NHS Mental Health Trust are supposed to givemental health service patients and therapists access to details of how close they are to achieving treatment goals, while also tracking their progress.
Norman Lamb, the Government's care and support minister, announced the £2m funding this week which will be rolled out to 42 sites across England.
He said: "Acting early to help children with mental health problems can prevent a lifetime of suffering as half of those with lifelong mental health problems first experience symptoms before the age of 14.
"This technology helps children and young people see how their treatment is progressing. Where treatment is not going as well as it could, practitioners can then change their approach to get the best results."
Therapists can also use the hand-held computers to record sessions so that their supervisors and clinical tutors can watch the sessions and comment on their techniques to help therapists to improve.