Staff and patients use app-liance of science

New phone app on trial at CPFT can track mood and offers help in a crisis

Staff and patients use app-liance of science
18 February 2014


Service-users and staff at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust are trialling a new mental health app.

The Crisis Card app – which can be downloaded onto a smartphone – provides an instant ‘call for help’ if the user is experiencing mental health issues.

It was developed by the Cambridgeshire-based SUN Network - alongside people with experience of mental health issues - and means the user can communicate their needs and location to a friend without having to make a phone call.

Among a range of other options, it also offers the user the opportunity to record their mental well-being as well as access to health and lifestyle advice.

Kate Brown (above right), physiotherapy lead for inpatient mental health services at CPFT, said: “The app is designed to help mental health service users in times of crisis but also as a way of monitoring their mental and physical health.

“We’ve demonstrated it to our ward staff and the staff have shown it to patients so they can use it after they have been discharged.

“It’s a new way of people getting help and it’s been welcomed by our staff and service-users.”

Kate along with Mary-Jane O’Sullivan from CPFT’s Crisis and Home Treatment team (centre) and Lois Sidney (left), engagement worker at the SUN Network, have demonstrated the app to staff and service-users at wards at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough and Fulbourn Hospital in Cambridge.

Lois said: “Since the app was launched we have had a great response from people. It really does help people who have accessed mental health services manage their mental well-being.”

The free app, which was funded by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, can downloaded from ITunes and Google Play and searching for Crisis Card.

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG said “The CCG continues to develop and explore new ways to improve mental health services within the region. The Crisis Card app has received very positive feedback so far and we will welcome further feedback from all mental health service users and staff following the trial.”


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

SUN Network
The SUN Network exists to support involvement of people who use mental health services in the planning design and evaluation of those services within Cambridgeshire.
For further information contact: 01480 276057 or visit www.sunnetwork.org.uk


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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