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Welcome to NHS GG & C Digital Therapies for computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT)

Thank you for visiting our cCBT page, dedicated for you, our GP colleagues.

Here you will find details on how to refer your patients to our Digital Therapy programmes, either Beating the Blues or SilverCloud.

All referrals are sent via SCI Gateway, please use the drop down menu to select your choice of programme to refer your patient to.

Please also remember, that Beating the Blues (for depression), is un-supported and the patient will work through this digital therapy on their own.

SilverCloud, however, has tailored digital therapy programmes for you to select from the drop down menu.

Please be advised that 4 new programmes are not yet on SCI Gateway, so please add information onto the referral and we will add your patient to the highlighted programme.  (New programmes; - OCD; Panic; Phobia; Perinatal).

SilverCloud programmes are all supported by the cCBT Team with reviews every 3 weeks until completion.

We hope you find this information valuable.

Should you have any queries, our team can be contacted via their dedicated email address: - ccbt@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

cCBT Programmes

All programmes offered through the cCBT Service are interactive, and during sessions patients can watch video clips, complete exercises and learn CBT techniques which will help them manage their depression and/or anxiety.

Within each module patients are given activities to carry out between sessions, on SilverCloud digital therapy programmes, the cCBT Team members will carry out reviews every 3 weeks.

All programmes record patient’s activity and they resume automatically when they next log on.

Who is it for?

Suitable for patients aged 16+ with:

  • Mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety: including phobias and panic attacks
  • Willingness to be pro-active in their treatment recovery and to use a computer programme

Not suitable for patients:

  • With active suicidal ideas or plans
  • Who are unable to read or write English (reading age below 10/11 years)
  • In acute phase of psychosis or mania, or with cognitive functioning disorder, e.g. dementia

Evidence Base – Nice and Sign recommendation

cCBT has been proven to be an effective intervention for mild to moderate depression and anxiety, and is recommended by –

How to refer to cCBT

To refer patients to the cCBT service:-

  • SCI Gateway > Other mental health services > cCBT
  • choose from: Beating the Blues or Silvercloud

  • In the Additional relevant Information, please specify which programme you think offers the best fit to the patient’s needs:

Future dropdowns will include

  • Space from Diabetes Distress (Wiley)
  • Space in Diabetes from Depression and Anxiety
  • Space from OCD
  • Space from Phobia
  • Space from Panic
  • Perinatal Wellbeing
  • Sleepio
  • Daylight

If you would like further information regarding each of these treatment programmes please see the SilverCloud Program Descriptors.

Delivery of these programmes is similar to our current programme Beating the Blues.

They are interactive, and during sessions patients can watch video clips, complete exercises and learn CBT techniques that will help them manage their depression and anxiety. Within each module patients are given activities to carry out between sessions.

Where can patients complete the course?

The course can be completed 24/7 in the patient's home or during working hours at any local library.  To do it at home the patient will need an internet connection and a smart phone, tablet, PC or laptop. 

How do patients access the programme?

The patient needs an activation link, which will be provided by email by the local cCBT co-ordinator after a referral is received. A patient email address is essential.

The patient then visits the Beating the Blues or the Silvercloud website depending on the programme referred to. 

They click on the "Activate Account" link found on the right-hand side, enter their activation code, and follow the on screen instructions.

Patients can be referred directly to the cCBT service and will be able to access the program within 1 week from referral.  

What happens when my patient is discharged from cCBT?

When the patient completes treatment the referrer will be sent an "Effectiveness Report". 

This report provides information collected during the completion of the course and includes results from the PHQ-9 and GAD 7 psychological measures that the patient completes at the end of every session.

Managing Risk

Each time a patient uses the programme it will ask if they have had suicidal thoughts.   If they answer yes, they will then be asked to rate their level of intent on a scale of 0 to 8 for Beating the Blues, and 0 to 10 for Silvercloud. If this level is above 4, the co-ordinator is required to inform the referrer and provide details.

During the session, patients will be advised to seek help from their referrer or the Samaritans if they have had suicidal thoughts.  If they complete the session outside of standard working hours the program recommends they contact NHS 24.  When an overnight alert is received, the co-ordinator will then inform the referrer in the morning of the next working day.

Less than 10% of sessions completed have a suicide alert and less than 2% with a serious intent of over 5 on the 0-8 scale. 

Further Information

If you have any enquiries about the cCBT service please contact the NHS GG & C computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) Team via their generic email address:-

Email: - CCBT@ggc.scot.nhs.uk