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Digital innovation at the centre of new mental health care launch

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Digital innovation has been put at the heart of treating and researching mental health care in the UK with the launch this morning of the Centre for Translational Informatics (CTI), an innovation in mental health treatment launched today.  The new initiative, created in collaboration between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Stephen Docherty, CIO at the Maudsley Foundation Trust, has been instrumental in the launch of CTI.

CTI will create a network to bring together advances in analytics, software, implementation and clinical health to improve the way mental health is treated. CIO Docherty is ensuring that best practice from the technology world is combined into CTI, not only in the adoption of technology, but also agile working methods and the use of data.

“CTI is about finding a solutions to real problems that affect real people,” Matthew Patrick, CEO of South London and Maudsley Trust said. “We live in a digital age and this is about using digital and really importantly, using information.”

“Innovation has to be harnessed, and governed,” CIO Docherty said. Describing the creation of a new App that both patients and clinicians use, My Health Locker, Docherty said: “It is not an IT project, it is about the people out there, it is about the users and the clinicians”.

Docherty describes CTI as a “walled environment” for innovation. “It is about how can we bring people together to solve problems,” he said of the need for healthcare, academia, government and innovative technology suppliers come together. Docherty, who is in his first public sector technology role, has unearthed a number of barriers to innovation leaders engaging with the health sector.

“My Health Locker will change the dynamics between users and clinicians and it will help us comply with the need to provide access to NHS records and for users to be able to comment on those records,” CIO Docherty says of the next generation of application and information management he is leading at Maudsley.

“We have to create an environment for patient led design to happen,” Docherty said.

“For me the CTI is the latest incarnation of Henry Maudsley’s vision to bring together research, training, education and clinical services together. We are creating an eco-system that brings together the NHS, academia and the digital industries,” said CEO Patrick.

Docherty joined the NHS in November 2014 as CIO at the Maudsley following a career in innovation and IT leadership in retail, technology, telecoms and financial services. The CIO was chosen for his vision in how to use innovations in gamification, agile development and iterative programme management.

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