Wellbeing platform offers more features to improve mental and physical health

Beth is a secure platform powered by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust that promotes self-management of mental and physical health conditions and opportunities to improve communication between service users, carers and clinicians.

AppBeth is available for anyone to explore wellbeing tips and mental health recovery stories. All users also have the facility to create personalised goals and coping strategies for their health.

Small improvements in our general wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems. Beth shares five ways wellbeing are proven to improve personal wellbeing, including keeping connected with others, being active, taking notice of others, continuing to learn about new subjects and giving to others.

Since early December, two new features have been added to Beth:

The ability to download South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust appointments for all face-to-face (in person), telephone and video (virtual) consultations.

These are recorded with their care coordinator as their main contact. This function now populates staff Microsoft Outlook calendars and service users’ calendars in Android smartphone and their tablet, laptop or computer. This feature is not yet enabled on iPhones or iPads but, the Trust is continuing to work to find solutions.

A new ‘Physical Health’ section which shares the patient’s physical health information that has been recorded in the Physical Health Hub on the Trust’s electronic notes system.

Beth users who have a Physical Health Hub record will be able to see their latest recorded BMI, blood pressure, drug and alcohol assessments, physical activity assessments and more. In addition, if any of the recorded results show a risk or concern, users are signposted to ask for advice from their South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust care team and/or guidance via a weblink to external organisations, such as NHS Live Well.

Some Beth users may not be able to see their physical health information at the moment, because the Physical Health Hub is also a new development within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. It has been rolled out first across inpatient services, but plans are underway to  offer it to the community imminently. In time, the Physical Health Hub information will be used by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s inpatient and community services, and all Beth users will be able to opt to see the physical health information that is held about them.

The new developments for physical health on Beth have been funded by the Maudsley Charity as part of the Integrating our Mental and Physical Healthcare Systems (IMPHS) Project. You can read more about the IMPHS project and its related work by visiting King’s Health Partners Mind & Body.

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