TPT - Telephone Psychological Therapy - uses guided self-help audio scripts to deliver immediately accessible personalised CBT. (#2077)

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
TPT is a new delivery platform for CBT offering easily accessible pre-recorded therapy sessions using a customised interactive phone system. Patients call TPT free - anytime, anywhere. Healthcare providers reduce treatment costs & cut waiting lists
Overview of Innovation:
TPT is a personalised, guided self-help psychological therapy delivered over the telephone in a range of pre-recorded modules for the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety-based mental health problems. It uses modern telephone technology to achieve vastly reduced costs with no waiting lists and is designed for use in NHS primary or secondary care settings.

Easy to prescribe, easy to use
TPT is available 'on prescription' to patients from their GP or other healthcare provider. The therapy can then be regularly accessed by the service-user making a simple free telephone call. An interactive, intelligent computer controlled telephone system using voice recordings of therapeutic scripts and questionnaires will then guide the service-user through a psycho-education, treatment and recovery programme that is responsive to the patient's individual presentation and circumstances. Patients will typically complete the programme in 8 to 12 weeks.
Instant access
Psycho-education, guidance and structured self-help for managing their condition are available to service-users wherever they are and at all times of the day and night. This immediacy of access is of particular benefit to patients with conditions that require help managing situational responses to emotional and environmental triggers or developing and maintaining impulse control strategies.
 
Choice of treatment modules for different presentations
A range of TPT modules is available for the treatment of different mild to moderate anxiety-based mental health problems such as generalised anxiety disorder, OCD and agoraphobia. Although each module is written with the specific presentation in mind there is a broad commonality of structure. A typical TPT module will have some of the following elements delivered by spoken scripts and using targeted questionnaires:
  • Introduction to anxiety and its effects
  • Description of the symptoms and causes
  • Psycho educational quizzes and self assessment measures
  • A range of anxiety management strategies
  • Instant-access session for managing acute symptoms
  • Cognitive techniques for overcoming negative thinking
  • Text messages which are sent to service-users to give feedback, reinforcement and reminders
  • Tailored sessions to inform and support friends and family
For a quick introduction to TPT, its operation and its benefits visit our 3 minute video at: https://vimeo.com/145905041
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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I was wondering if there is an opportunity to use this as a tool for employers through occupational health at all and whether you had considered this market too?
Thank you, Lucy, for your comment. Yes, TPT is highly suitable for use in a workplace wellbeing or occupational health environment. We have had contact with some companies working in this area but, although appearing enthusiastic about its potential, none of them has so far taken up TPT.
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