About Saquib Ahmad
Saquib is a senior Psychotherapist in the Grenfell Health & Wellbeing Service with 10 years of experience working in the NHS primary care mental health. Saquib has 4 years of experience of working within digital health care and has presented his work at international conferences and aims to bring this experience to the GHWS with the aid of the fellowship programme.
Saquib is keen to introduce digital therapy to the NHS and is currently in the process of digitalising the GHWS to increase access of psychological therapies to hard to reach groups.
Problem: Saquib is aiming to increase the access of therapy to groups who are underrepresented at present within the service for example, 18-25s and BME men. Saquib also wants to increase his reach to a bereaved international cohort of patients who currently are not being treated.
Solution: Saquib has identified a solution at present which is to use a web app and/or mobile app that allows him to use video conferencing, text chat mechanism and audio calls with prospective patients.
Scale: The Grenfell fire has been estimated to have affected 11,000 people, who predominantly reside within a 0.5 mile radius of the tower however there are also those affected who live outside of this radius within UK and abroad who Saquib wishes to target using the digital intervention.
Desired impact: The project aims to increase access of specific cohorts of the affected population to the service whilst effectively treating their psychological distress which would be measured using psychometric outcome measures.
Progress to date: At present Saquib has identified a specific web app that he intends to trial an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy intervention on willing patients. Saquib is are also tailoring the platform to his trusts specific service needs.