We've been on quite a journey at Moodbeam since one of our co-founders came up with the idea to create something that allowed us to see how we feel, at the touch of a button.
The three year journey that the team have been on to some, is such a short time in the life of a tech start up, but to others who desperately need a Moodbeam, it's taking a dreadfully long time as they need one right now.
"You see, it's not just the person at the centre of care who will benefit from using our device...but those whose duty it is to care for that person's wellbeing...."
But you see, it's not just the person at the centre of care who will benefit from using our device, and its at a glance software, but those whose duty it is to care for that person's wellbeing are also fans of what is can do - for them. And to perfect that simplicity takes time.
The conversations that we have been having with the NHS, and independent mental health therapists for that matter, have changed over the period the trials have been about. Initially it was touted as something that could potentially run alongside the metrics and binaries that exist already within treatment. Now though, it's seen as a solution that could not only allow users to self triage their moods not just personally but in a professional setting too. The ability to press a button to denote a patient's reaction to a question, rather than having to red pen it on to a white board and then transcribe it on to a spreadsheet - to some professionals is seen as revolutionary.
The ability to swallow up hours that are currently spent trying to get a conversation going with a patient who just wants to be left alone, reporting those 'suggested' feelings down and then typing up those observations is one huge time saving implication for the NHS.
But what about the fact that this little device and its diary of moods is affordable and could be made available to patients at the time of their first GP appointment. This could not only cut the cost of treating patients but the time it takes to be seen and their symptoms discussed. There is no reason why Moodbeams could not be socially prescribed at the time of first appointment, so that by the time the referal appointment comes through the patient will have evidenced moods to show their consultant, and more to the point - they will feel cared about and that someone will be able to see how they've been feeling for the weeks it's taken in between seeing their GP and their consultant. Waiting times as we know them will be a thing of the past. Being able to take Moodbeam away with you from the prescription counter could and would revolutionise the health industry.
When you read articles like this one by the BBC you see at first glance that the NHS impacts on everyone, including decision makers like Mr Hancock. And by drawing on a personal experience are we not better placed to suggest a solution? If you love the NHS then you'll do anytime to save it, right?
How about implementing an accurate, user led, time-stamped method of see exactly how your patients are feeling when they're not with you, into the mix?
And as for offering a Moodbeam to those professionals themselves to monitor their moods at work- the nurses, the reception staff, the surgeons, the anaesthetists, the occupational therapists, the injury specialists? Wow, now there's something to think about. The conversations with HR would look a bit different, don't you think?