On these pages you will find a list of many of our frequently asked questions. If your query isn’t answered on here, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.
Yes. PCMIS is an adaptable and flexible web-based program which can be used nationally.
We have a number of international healthcare organisations using PCMIS outside of the UK, including sites in Australia. If you are outside the UK and would like more information on PCMIS, please get in touch.
PCMIS was first used at an IAPT service in Doncaster. The service aimed to improve access to psychological treatment for high-volumes of people with common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression efficiently and without compromising the patient experience, using a stepped care model. The service was supported by PCMIS through routine collection of outcome measures, showing a positive benefit to health and wellbeing for people using the service.
No. The use of PCMIS is designed not to impact on any local resources. PCMIS is a fully hosted secure web-based system, and does not require any additional software to be installed locally.
We offer dedicated telephone and email support to all of our users. Hours of support are 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and Public Holidays. Our IAPT clinical educators, mental health research and teaching teams are also available to offer expert advice and clinical guidance. Visit our contact page for more information.
Internet Explorer 10 or higher and access via the NHS N3 network is recommended. There are no other specific requirements as most PCs/ laptops with Microsoft Windows are compatible, however, 4GB RAM and Core i5 Processor would make the systems faster to use. Get in touch with us for advice if you are unsure whether your computers are compatible.
PCMIS has been designed to be intuitive for the practitioner to use, so no specific skills are needed to understand and use the system. General user training is recommended, however, and would initially be provided by PCMIS.
Yes. We offer a range of training options, including locally to you, from the University of York or via remote video link. Access to a demo-system and training materials is provided for local service training.
The system normally takes between four to six weeks to set up, depending on service requirements.
Yes. Our user forum is mainly used by the service leads and IAPT leads, although other additional worker membership can be requested. The forum provides information on workshops, new features and updates on PCMIS. It also provides a platform for services to send and receive questions and exchange information with other sites.
Yes. There are various standard letter templates which can be accessed from the individual patient record. Standard letter templates can be automatically populated with individual patient details and either printed by the worker or sent to a centrally managed administration team to be processed. Letters are attached to the patient record.
Yes. PCMIS has an in-built function to fully manage group sessions, attendance, activity, outcomes and reporting on group therapy sessions.
Yes. PCMIS has an in-built diary function so workers and supervisors can record clinical appointments and events (e.g. holidays, meetings etc.). Diary access can be shared between worker and supervisor accounts. Diaries can be managed by individual workers or by a central administration team.
PCMIS is regularly updated to add new features, fix bugs and to incorporate any IAPT developments and Key Performance Indicator reporting updates. Updates are released approximately six times throughout the year and are included free of charge as part of the PCMIS support agreement.
PCMIS automatically generates a wide range of reports including real-time customisable graphical reports. For more information, visit our ‘What is PCMIS’ page, or get in touch.
“The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme supports the frontline NHS in implementing National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. It was created to offer patients a realistic and routine first-line treatment, combined where appropriate with medication which traditionally had been the only treatment available.
No. PCMIS started as an IAPT system, but has developed over 10 years into a flexible system which can effectively support a full range of mental health services. See our ‘What is PCMIS’ page for more information.
For more information about PCMIS, or to arrange a product demonstration, get in touch today.