Digital Pioneer: Anna Coughtrey, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Anna is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Research Coordinator at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is recognised as a digital pioneer for her project on guided online self help for depression and cancer in adolescents (GOSH CAN), which is based on cognitive behavioural therapy. It supports young cancer patients who are experiencing mild to low mood.

“Each year over 2000 young people agreed between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK, putting them at increased risk of low mood.” Anna explains, “Psychological support for young cancer patients is currently provided by outpatient mental health services, which often have long waiting lists, and some young people aren’t keen to access face to face support. We worked with charities, young cancer patients and their parents and carers to identify key content, and our platform has the potential to transform access and delivery of mental healthcare in this group, providing high quality evidence-based psychological resources.”

The programme is run by Great Ormond Street Hospital in partnership with the Institute of Child Health, Macmillan Cancer Support, London Cancer, UCLPartners, and University College Hospital London.