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Two digital tools were recommended for use in the NHS to help children and young people with symptoms of anxiety or low mood.

OSI app

Online Support and Intervention for Child Anxiety (OSI) and Online Social anxiety Cognitive therapy for Adolescents (OSCA) were among four digital tools recommended for use in the NHS. 

The recommendation, from an independent NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) committee, is the first ever published as part of the NICE new Early Value Assessment (EVA) for medical technologies. 

Cathy Creswell, Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Experimental Psychology, who led the development of OSI, said:

 “We are delighted that NICE, via the EVA, have recognised the potential of both treatments to improve outcomes for children and young people experiencing mental health problems. This is an important next step in realising the benefits of these evidence-based treatments across the NHS and making a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.”