A ground-breaking technological solution that offers emergency mental health care more quickly has been shortlisted for a national award.

The Emergency Department Psychiatry Service’s Technology Assisted Psychiatry (TAP) is in the running for the Positive Practice in Mental Health’s Innovation in Digital Technology Award.

The trust’s emergency department psychiatry service in Oxfordshire offers support to people who arrive at A&E departments in Oxford and Banbury.
Technology Assisted Psychiatry (TAP) enables speedier consultation and support for patients thanks to video conferencing between the A&E and psychiatrists.

Dr Kathleen Kelly, one of the consultants in the team, said: “We are very pleased to have been shortlisted for an award by Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative. Patients, carers and staff continue to benefit from TAP every day.
“They do not need to wait for our staff to drive to them to assess them and they get the help they need quicker. Patients can also request a face to face assessment, although around 80 per cent agree to an assessment using TAP.”

The Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards are due to be announced on 11 October 2018.


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