Dr Andrew Welchman joins ieso today as the company’s first Executive Vice President for Impact.
As Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the Wellcome Trust, Dr Welchman led strategic initiatives for a £500m portfolio in cutting-edge brain science. He developed the multi-million-pound initiative in Mental Health Science that has become central to Wellcome’s ambitions for the next two decades.
At ieso, a Cambridge based company that specialises in online therapy, he will play a pivotal role in translating the company’s scientific breakthroughs and clinical learnings into the transformation of mental healthcare at scale. Working alongside Chief Scientific Officer Andy Blackwell, he will also be responsible for forging strategic alliances with a wide range of organisations to collaborate on ground-breaking research and accelerate the adoption of innovation.
Andrew’s appointment will strengthen and enhance ieso’s team as they continue to be at the forefront of scientific and tech-based solutions to providing more effective and targeted mental health support. The significant advances being made in data science at ieso are set to transform the delivery of mental health and Andrew will be instrumental in continuing the success the company has had to date.
Announcing the appointment, ieso CEO Nigel Pitchford said:
“I’m delighted that Andrew has recognised ieso’s potential to revolutionise mental health understanding, treatments and outcomes. He is a distinguished scientist and globally recognised expert at the interface between biological sciences and machine learning. What’s more, he has a proven ability to drive creative collaborations that lead to meaningful change, and here he will play a pivotal role in linking us with diverse but like-minded organisations that share our ambition.”
Dr Welchman said:
“We know that poor mental health is an urgent and global problem – but we now need actions to meet the challenge. I have long admired ieso’s innovative data-driven approach to mental healthcare that shows how rigorous science improves treatment quality and delivers results for people suffering from mental health conditions. Tectonic shifts in technology mean we are primed to make quality care available for all. We are determined to drive change to reduce suffering so that millions of people around the globe lead flourishing lives.”
Welcoming his colleague, Chief Scientific Officer Andy Blackwell said:
“We’re making swift progress in helping people here in the UK get help sooner, receive the right diagnosis first time and get precise treatment so they recover more quickly. Andrew joins us at an exciting time as we’re beginning to work with global partners to pool our expertise and leverage the possibilities of innovation in this space. I’m delighted to be working so closely with him and excited about what the future holds.”
As Professor of Neural Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, Andrew and his team combined advanced human brain imaging and AI to uncover how we perceive and understand the world around us. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, has worked closely with several Royal Colleges (Royal College of Psychiatry; Royal College of Ophthalmology), and has been an advisor for large-scale international research efforts, collaborative partnerships (The India Alliance), The World Economic Forum and charities (BBC Children in Need).
ieso delivers world-class online mental healthcare, with reach to over 20 million patients and a clinical network of 650+ fully qualified therapists and psychological wellbeing practitioners (NHS and private) across the UK.
ieso aims to revolutionise the existing standard of mental healthcare through innovation and new idea generation, maintaining its patient-centric approach to advance treatment for the 1 in 4 adults who will experience at least one diagnosable mental problem in any one year.
Combining collective knowledge and smart technology, ieso’s data-led clinical insights are enabling the company to develop AI tools to drive better quality and consistency of care. Backed by an experienced and highly motivated leadership team, ieso delivers flexible and confidential 1:1 psychotherapy delivered in real-time, anytime, anywhere, through its device-agnostic online platform.
ieso has a track record in improving patient care beyond national targets and has already treated more than 70,000 patients through over 400,000 hours of therapy under the NHS IAPT programme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). It is currently available across 49 NHS clinical commissioning groups and 27 NHS providers.
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