Type of Entry: Digital
Name: Thalamos
Date added: 9 March 2021
Delivery type: Online
Owned by: Thalamos Ltd
Contact: hello@thalamosco.uk
Website: Thalamos
Cost: Yes
Target audience: Healthcare professionals

Core elements

Thalamos is 'eMHA' software that is designed to facilitate an end-to-end digital solution for the Mental Health Act (MHA), making access to acute mental healthcare information swifter, simpler and safer.

Key functions

  • Doctors and approved mental health professionals (AMHP) can complete MHA forms digitally across any device
  • Can securely share these forms with appropriate care professionals, saving time and reducing errors

For more information, visit the Thalamos website.

Supporting rationale

The Thalamos team identified that the paper-based nature of the Mental Health Act was slow, complicated and in many instances unsafe. The nature of the process can be time consuming and complicated for the clinician which in turn had a negative effect on the individual.

The Thalamos team identified that there was an opportunity to create a digital solution which delivered the real world interoperability required of the Mental Health Act. The digital solution needed to allow social services, healthcare services, ambulance providers and other third parties to communicate effectively across institutional boundaries. In deploying Thalamos, care networks are able to make access to and receipt of care under the MHA, swifter, simpler and safer.




Thalamos and their clients have worked to estimate the efficacy of deploying Thalamos’ eMHA solution. These estimates include:

  • Thalamos has helped to reduce average access to treatment times from seven days to 15 hours.
  • One nursing shift can be saved per week due to the time saved from using Thalamos.
  • Thalamos can lower the number of errors made on forms by up to 89.4 percent.
  • To date, there have been no unlawful detentions by trusts/ organisations using Thalamos.

Thalamos constantly seeks feedback from clinicians. Ease of use score for first time users is 4.5/5.

Examples of anecdotal feedback (contact Thalamos for references):

"Hi, thanks so much it seems pretty intuitive to me, have already used."  - Doctor, London 

"All went well with my first Thalamos T Form. MHA administrator confirmed that she had received it. Great system." - Doctor,  Midlands 

"I have just completed a section 2 application for admission and now have two forms in Caseload – so happy days.  It was a very quick and easy application to complete so thanks very much." - AMHP, North West 

"As someone who has worked with so many local authority and health IT systems this one actually feels like it delivers what it should with ease and simplicity." - AMHP, London 

"I received the form typed. Enormous thanks for this." - MHA Team, South East 

"We really appreciate this service and find it very efficient and helpful." - MHA Team, North East 

"Seems a lot easier. Even though I'm terrible at digital, it's far easier." - Nurse, London 


  • Care Quality Commission
  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Third party MHA stakeholders
  • Private providers

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Data protection considerations

A Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) has been completed for this product which details the data security requirements within the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Additional information

A full and detailed service definition is available on request from hello@thalamos.co.uk

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Content reviewed and updated 20/10/2022.

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