The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has awarded £4 million to enable state-of-the-art psychological therapy to be delivered via virtual reality (VR) in the NHS.
The project, led by Daniel Freeman, NIHR Research Professor and Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, brings together a team of NHS trusts, universities, a mental health charity, the Royal College of Art, and a University of Oxford spin-out company.
Our project will see one of the most exciting and powerful new technologies implemented in the NHS for the first time. Virtual reality treatment can help patients transform their lives. When people put on our headsets, a virtual coach takes them into computer-generated simulations of the situations they find troubling.
– Professor Daniel Freeman