Dr Cecilia Svanborg, Sweden

Managing Director, Internet Psychiatry Clinic

Leadership Excellence International Award 2021 


Cecilia has worked tirelessly to develop the Swedish National Quality Registr for internet-delivered psychological treatment, known as SibeR in order to provide a basis for systematic evaluation, development of and research into internet-delivered healthcare treatments.  Knowing that these digitally-enabled treatments bridge a shortage of and unequal access to mental health services, she recognised the criticality of assuring their qualityThe SibeR quality measures include diagnostic assessment, availability, adherence and treatment effects. SibeR also provides feedback via online real time statistics and supports implementation and informatics for digital care. 

Cecilia has demonstrated absolute tenacity, skilled engagement and active leadership working across Sweden’s regional health systems. Her aim: to encourage increased connection with and use of SibeR and greater inter-regional collaboration to support continuous improvement, greater efficacy and further uptake of digital mental health solutions.  

One of her referees expressed that SibeR acts as a spine or an anchor to develop and conduct evidence-based treatment across Sweden.  The referee credits today’s award recipient for  enabling sustainable implementation of high-quality digital mental health solutions throughout Sweden. ​ 

Cecilia is a true leader with unwavering dedication to the advancement of quality digital mental health solutions.  We join her referees in congratulating her wholeheartedly on today’s award. 

*All details current as at the time of the award (November 2021)

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Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

International Phone and Text Helplines

Victoria is CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind SHOUT, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text service. From 2011 to 2017, she was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, United for Wildlife and Heads Together.