Lewisham NHS Talking Therapies (SLaM)

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This is a fully funded NHS South London and Maudsley (SLaM) initiative using text messaging technology in order to provide Lewisham patients with the latest information on mental health and the opportunity to self-refer.

Talking therapies, or psychological therapies, are effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners. They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression. Lewisham NHS Talking Therapies (SLaM) offers a range of confidential talking therapies to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Please click HERE for further information.

It is important that all patients are regularly made aware of the mental health support available in their area throughout the year

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Why should I get my practice involved?

This is a fully funded initiative at no cost to your practice. Working with iPLATO, SMS messages will be sent to patients registered at your practice, who have a mobile number and have opted in for SMS communication.   

It's simple and easy to support:

Step 1: Register your practice.

Step 2: We do the rest.

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How will it work?

  • iPlato Healthcare will be sending text messages to consenting patients registered at practices across the Lewisham area.
  • The text messages will invite people to access Lewisham NHS Talking Therapies.
  • This SMS Programme will be in addition to any existing programmes. Please note that, upon sign up, no further interaction will be required by GP Practices.


Data Processing and Data Sharing Summary

  1. iPLATO will facilitate the ongoing extraction of client demographic data via the practice clinical system phonebook, for which the data will be minimised as far as possible.
  2. All data is processed within the HSCN network.
  3. Only patients who have consented to receive SMS will be contacted.
  4. iPLATO Healthcare acts as a data processor for this service.