Lancet article calls for more online cognitive behaviour therapy on the NHS.

Emma Wilkinson
Health reporter, BBC News



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The NHS should offer online psychological counselling for people with depression, a leading mental health expert says.

A Lancet study of online cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) showed it more than doubled the chances of recovery.

Dr Tim Kendall, who led the drawing up of national guidelines on depression, called for online access to become part of the drive to widen access to CBT.

One in six people experience depression at some point in their lives.

Much has been said in recent years about a reliance on antidepressants, with prescriptions for the drugs increasing almost two-fold in a decade, from 18,424,473 in 1998 to 35,960,500 last year.

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Friday, 24 July 2009 LumensionĀ®, the global leader in operational endpoint security, has been selected by NHS National Services Scotland to enforce security policies governing the storage of data on portable storage devices such as laptops, USB sticks and CDs or DVDs. NHS National Services Scotland procures IT software on behalf of the 22 Scottish Health Boards. The organisation is responsible for delivering the best value for public money when new information security products are sourced.

The “Data Handling Procedures in UK Government” report, published by the Information Commissioner’s office in June 2008, highlighted the need to restrict access to public sector data and to encrypt data held on removable storage devices. Following its publication, the Scottish Government made Ā£1million available to the Scottish Health Boards to enable them to comply with the latest data handling requirements. The report led to rigorous product specifications being developed for the procurement of information security products by public sector departments throughout the UK.

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