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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The FearFighter Treatment is the only product endorsed by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK (TA097) – for an Anxiety Treatment
Evidence-based online program - Available 24/7/365 from any computer or mobile device
Overview of Innovation:
Introduction
FearFighter is an online programme for the treatment of generalised anxiety, panic and phobia. The programme teaches users how to confront and change their thoughts and challenge avoidance behaviour that characterise panic and phobia. Users can print out worksheets for activities, monitor progress and receive emails with further tips at the end of each step. Most sessions last about 50 minutes. One session a week is the current recommended treatment regime.
 
FearFighter is an online program for the treatment of panic and phobia. It is based on the evidence based approach known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short. Thousands of people have used this programme to help them overcome their fears and lead a more normal life.
The programme teaches patients how to tackle their thoughts and challenge avoidance behaviours that characterise panic and phobia. They can print out worksheets for activities, monitor their own progress and receive emails with further tips at the end of each step. Most sessions last about 50 minutes.  It is recommended that patients do one session a week.
Between certain steps, FearFighter sets activities to complete. These help them build on topics covered in sessions & are essential to make progress. FearFighter consists of 9 steps that need to be worked through one by one in order to obtain the greatest benefits. It guides users through CBT as much as a therapist does.
FearFighter has undergone extensive testing & trial pilots involving 700 patients and has received an endorsement by the NICE as being proven to be clinically & cost effective.  In the NICE Final Appraisal Determination (FAD), FearFighter has been recommended as an option for delivering CBT in the management of panic & phobia. FearFighter has since been implemented in many NHS regions as well as being adopted in other countries as a recognised standard form of treatment.
 
The FearFighter Program
  • FearFighter is NICE approved
  • UK National Health Service (NHS) and other nations recognise FearFighter as a standard form of treatment for anxiety and phobia disorders
  • Evidence-based & extensively tested
  • Online programme available to patients 24/7/365 from any computer or mobile device
  • Allows patients to learn how to confront and change their thoughts
  • Challenges avoidance behaviours that characterize panic and phobia
  • Print worksheets for activities, monitor progress & receive emails with further tips at the end of each step
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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Is this now being used in the West Midlands at all?  Is this only available via healthcare providers or can patients/ the general public access the service directly?
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