Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Trial for online assessments to be carried out in Highlands

"Children with conditions such as depression and autism could get help more quickly via online psychiatric assessments, it has been claimed."

"The use of a secure, computerised system for young people and their parents or guardians is being trialled in the Highlands and Finland."

"Leading the trial is a team from the University of Aberdeen."

"It said online assessments could offer a service in an area of health care with few staff and a heavy workload."

"The trial will involve four broad categories:
Anxiety, depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism, Asperger's syndrome
Oppositional and conduct disorders"

"The University of Aberdeen said there were also other conditions to be considered, such as schizophrenia."

"During the trial, which will take place in the NHS Highland region, 50% of patients will receive the new Development and Wellbeing Assessment system and 50% will receive the current method of treatment."

"After meeting with their GP, parents involved in the trial will be given a set of codes to log into the secure computerised system where they will answer a series of interview questions."

"The interviews would involve parents alone, or with their child and their child's teacher depending on the age of the child."

"Once the interviews are completed, the resulting information will then be passed to a child psychologist who looks at a computerised summary of the data and makes a diagnostic assessment."

"Prof Philip Wilson, head of the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Rural Health said: "This is an important trial to test a new service which could ultimately lead to a slicker, more thorough and effective system for psychiatric referral for children and young people."

So what has the Named Person been doing? Was it not to stop parents getting the run-around and put services swiftly in place for the child ?

Well according to this article they haven`t been doing that.

It always was a piece of nonsense because there are less services than ever due to austerity cuts.

This is about the data. If they can`t get it one way, they`ll get it up on the cloud another way. And that just isn`t safe for children. 

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