RNS Number : 8009I
25 November 2008
November 25 2008
Two-year contract extension in Hertfordshire PCTs
Ultrasis plc, the provider of interactive healthcare and associated services, is pleased to announce that East and North Hertfordshire PCT and West Hertfordshire PCT have extended their Beating the Blues contract for a further two years and also increased their compliance level with NICE guidance to 50%.
This two-year contract will have an initial value in excess of £230,000.
Nigel Brabbins, Ultrasis Chief Executive, said: 'The current contract with the PCTs ends in March 2009 but they have agreed to renew early and increase availability, clearly demonstrating commissioner confidence in the value of having Beating the Blues as a strand of their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program.
'We have invested company time and resource in building a solid partnership with the NHS and are now seeing significant momentum develop as commissioners begin to see the positive benefits of working with the Ultrasis team and its products.'
Ultrasis plc is a healthcare company with core expertise in health, psychology, software development and programme management. The Company delivers computerised healthcare products to the NHS, the corporate sector and other healthcare providers in the UK and internationally.
Ultrasis was the first company to offer computerised products based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and interactive multimedia, and is the world leader in this field. The products help people tackle stress, anxiety and depression, and a full spectrum of related chronic conditions.
Beating the Blues is an eight-week, web-based treatment programme for depression based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Following a rigorous examination by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), 'Beating the Blues' was approved by NICE in February 2006 for use in the National Health Service.
On 28 March 2007 the Secretary of State for Health announced a framework agreement for the use of cCBT in the NHS and approved 'Beating the Blues', saying: 'Computer-based therapy for milder, but more common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety should be made available to any patients in England who could benefit from it from April 2007.'
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