Doctor Care Anywhere’s is to launch an app-based mental health service with Partners& being one of the first customers.

The digital first, integrated mental health service takes users on a joined up healthcare journey using evidence-based pathways. Users will have access to digital tools that empower self-help and mental resilience, in partnership with third parties delivering activities, educational information, games, chat-based counselling and anonymous chat forums.

In addition the MindCare Clinic offers a series of 20-minute and 40-minute consultations which are focused on personalised goal-setting for healthcare objectives. Matched referrals will offer on-going treatment courtesy of relevant talk therapies, while unlimited 20-minute GP consultations are designed to enable GPS to address multiple concerns and symptoms.

With the pandemic putting pressure on already over-stretched mental health services, Doctor Care Anywhere’s new proposition will deliver a much faster route to support and self-care. Through its business relationships, companies can help support their workforces to maintain a mentally healthy and productive workplace.

Partners&, a business insurance broker, is already committed to creating an engaged, healthy and high performing workforce.

Phil Barton, CEO at the company, said: “We believe great mental and physical health support at the touch of a button should be for everyone – this partnership allows Partners& to support clients, and their employees, with mind and body health services at a fixed cost per person, no matter how large or small their business.”

Early last year, Doctor Care Anywhere teamed up with Boots to offer e-prescriptions. The new mental health launch fulfils a key IPO milestone for the company allowing it to continue delivering new and relevant clinical services to its partners.

Dr Bayju Thakar, CEO of Doctor Care Anywhere, added: “Society is becoming more aware that mental health is as important as physical health, yet huge stigma still surrounds seeking help for your mental health and even with greater awareness this is not translating into action. The sheer volume and range of mental health services leads to disjointed and inefficient pathways. Our philosophy of joining up fragmented systems is now being realised in mental as well as physical health.

“Doctor Care Anywhere’s entry into the mental health market gives patients a seamless solution that treats the whole person.”