Digital Health, Housing and Care Learning Network 26-28 May 2021 – Recordings

In collaboration with our partners, the Scottish Government’s TEC & Digital Healthcare Innovation team hosts an annual Learning Network event to facilitate knowledge exchange. The Learning Network programme is for staff, working with and interested in, using digital tools to support service delivery in health, local authorities, third sector, care and housing organisations.

We are grateful to those organisations and individuals who give their time and expertise to contribute to these informative sessions.

Scotland is an active member of the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) and this year we hosted and promoted several sessions in partnership with the ECHAincluding the launch of two new Thematic Innovation Ecosystems. Scotland’s TEC team have accepted an invitation to Chair the new Thematic Innovation Ecosystems for Integrated Care and for Digital Health and Wellbeing. 

The links to view the recordings of individual sessions are accessible below. If you would like to be added to the Learning Network email distribution list, to be kept up to date with new events and opportunities, please email: 

Recordings from the sessions

Wednesday 26 May
European Connected Health Alliance Thematic Innovation Ecosystem on Integrated Care

COVID-19 – How to effectively communicate the need for change?The Scottish Government is co-ordinating the international consortium delivering the SCIROCCO Exchange project that is developing tools to support the scale-up of integrated care. Together with the European Connected Health Alliance‘s newly launched Thematic Innovation Ecosystem on Integrated Care; we hosted the first Ecosystem session. The session involved speakers from Lithuania and Scotland, they focussed on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been catalyst for change, and for integrated care, impacted the ways we communicate about the need to change and the new ways of delivering services and training. 
Recording – available on the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) website.

Digital Approaches in Care Homes

Enabling citizens to access and use digital services is a national priority with established principles. IN this short session attendees had an update on the work underway in Scotland by the Digital Response Care Home group to guide the development and deployment of digital tools in care home settings. Follow this link for further reading on this initiative and the Digital Approaches Care Home Action Plan (December 2020).

Telecare: Meet the Suppliers – Alternative Digital Solutions

This session continued the series of workshops that aim to raise awareness and share good practice between housing, health and social care providers about the move from analogue to digital telecare services. The national ALL-IP programme (analogue to digital telephony infrastructure migration) is well underway and is due to be concluded by 2025. At the heart of this change is the citizen experience and co-production of solutions that best serve their needs in a personalised way. Recordings will be available from Telecare Analogue to Digital – Meet the Suppliers.

Europe – Africa Health Summit – Improving Access through Telehealth

Europe – Africa Health Summit – Improving Access through TelehealthThe Africa Healthcare Federation (AHF) hosted this joint webinar with the European Connected Health Alliance, which considered how the development of Telehealth can be embedded into resilient and innovative healthcare systems. From Scotland, Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Digital Health and Care Directorate, Scottish Government joined the high-level panel of speakers for this event.

Recording – on the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) website. 

Thursday 27 May

Human Rights in Digital Health and Care

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), Scottish Care and VOX (Voices Of eXperience) are working to support the development of rights-based digital health and social care policy and practice across Scotland. Exploring six principles for a human rights-based approach to digital health and social care, the session introduced and provided an update on this work and ways to get involved with the upcoming events. Further information can be found on the Scottish Care website.

Digital Initiatives Supporting Independence

This session will be led by the Design & Engagement Manager from the Blackwood Group, which provides homes and support using innovation to support the independence of residents. Learning and good practice were shared from the team’s experience of developing with people. Including the Digital Coaching and the Digital Buddy initiatives. To find out more about Blackwood’s work go to:

Friday 28 May

Discover Digital – Tools for Supporting Self Management

Discover Digital is a project led by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland to raise awareness of digital tools which promote health and wellbeing. The session introduced the work to create a Discover Digital resource to support better digital health and care awareness, skills and confidence. For more information follow this link.


Snapshots are a big part of the Learning Network programme when we can meet up in-person. For this year’s virtual meet up we had snapshots and questions with:

  • Layla Robinson, Partnership and Engagement Manager, Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), University of Edinburgh
  • David Evans, Director, CHAIN – Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network – a free online international network for people working in health and social care. For more information on CHAIN please visit the website:
  • Kirsty Bateson, Project ECHO® Development Officer, Highland Hospice. ECHO uses technology to support Communities of Practice and to ensure patients in hard to reach areas have access to quality health care.
European Connected Health Alliance Thematic Innovation Ecosystem on Digital Health and Wellbeing

The role of Digital Health and Care in response to COVID-19 & momentum for change

The May 2021 Ecosystem was the first session on this topic and provided an overview from two Ecosystem members. From Scotland, we heard about the impact of COVID-19 on the national roll out of technology enabled care, drawing on a specific example from the work on Remote Health Pathways. From Slovenia, we heard about how the expansion of digital health is being managed and integrated into routine service pathways.

Recording – on the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) website.

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