Digital Mental Health

Trusts to drive digital mental health services with £35m investment

‘Seven trusts will become Global Digital Exemplars for Mental Health and receive a share of £35m to develop and roll-out innovative technology for patient treatment, NHS England have confirmed’.

The £35m investment will be matched by the trusts involved, which includes Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS, to push digital schemes forward for self-care and innovative treatments for those with mental health problems. Amongst other schemes, the money will go towards creating a ‘real-time system that will allow all healthcare professionals involved in treatment to access their patient’s records from triage and initial assessment to transfer between services and follow up care.’

The seven trusts involved in the investment are;

  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS
  • Mersey Care NHS
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS
  • Oxford Health NHS
  • South London and Maudsley NHS
  • Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

The chosen trusts, who were identified in the ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ report, will be aiming to use their success to set an example for the correct application of digital care for mental health across the whole of the NHS.


Professor Keith McNeil, NHS chief clinical information officer;

“As clinicians, we must embrace technology to help us deliver the best care to our service users, just as it helps us in so many other areas of our lives.”

“I am excited by this investment across a wide range of services and technologies and the opportunity it presents to provide both improved experience and outcomes for service users across the country.”

Recognising the potential of proper implementation of ehealth into the NHS, Professor Keith McNeil added that digital technology had the potential to transform people’s experience of mental health services and challenge the unacceptable boundaries between physical and mental health.


Saffron Cordery, NHS Providers director of policy and strategy;

“At a time of severe financial pressure, they are committing resources to pioneering digital services. They have recognised that digital technology has an important role to play in supporting service users with mental health problems, and in providing seamless care, for example by ensuring timely follow-up and continuity of care for people who have been discharged. “

“The announcement highlights the key role of mental health trusts in developing approaches tailored to individuals’ needs. It is vital that in time we see wider investment so more trusts have the chance to build on the benefits of these projects.”


All quotes from the National Health Executive (NHE).