East Midlands PCTs Implement ’Beating the Blues’

Ultrasis announces that seven Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority have contracted to provide Beating the Blues (BtB) to all patients with mild to moderate depression.

The seven PCTs introducing this benefit to patients are Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County Teaching, Lincolnshire, Derby City, Derbyshire County, Leicestershire County & Rutland and Northamptonshire.

The East Midlands PCTs pooled their commissioning ability to achieve maximum value, enabling them to procure BtB at rates far more attractive than had they done so on an individual basis. The two-year agreement has an initial value of more than ?450,000 and will enable the PCTs involved to be at least 25% compliant with the implementation requirements of The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). They will be able to improve their level of compliance over the two years of the contract by purchasing the additional patient treatments required.

The agreement is a significant breakthrough for the Company and Ultrasis is pressing ahead to assist PCTs in implementing the NICE Guidance on Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy.

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