Digital Health & Care Learning Network – 2020 webinars

As part of our knowledge exchange activities, each year the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care & Digital Health Care Innovation team host the multidisciplinary Learning Network day.

This year, as you would expect, our plans for an event have had to change. In place of our in-person event we hosted a range of webinars between 25-29 May 2020. For more, follow @TECScotland @DigiCare4Scot #digicare4scot

Each webinar is described briefly. The recorded webinars are available from the Links & Resources / webinars page. Just scroll down to see what is available.

Thank you to all the presenters who are making time for us to deliver these webinars.

Monday 25 May 2020 10:30 -11:10 (GMT)

Expanding video enabled consultation. NHS Near Me and expanding the Distress Brief Intervention project

Yvonne Leathley, Senior Improvement Adviser, Care Inspectorate and Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive, Penumbra

In this webinar the participants will provide an overview of current uses of NHS Near Me for video enabled consultation. Nigel Henderson will present an update on how Penumbra are using Near Me as part of the expansion of the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) pilot in Aberdeen and Moray. This will highlight how Near Me supports their work and also some of the challenges for staff and the people supported.

Monday 25 May 2020 15:00 – 15:40 (GMT)

Exploring Digital Services in Care and Nursing Homes

Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care and Moira Mackenzie, Digital Health & Care Institute

The use of digital tools to support the Care Homes and Nursing Home sector is an important issue which presents both opportunities and challenges. The participants will provide an overview of current digital activity and share experience from a test of change involving a COVID-19 symptom tracker and decision support tool.

Tuesday 26 May 2020 13:00 – 13:40 (GMT)

Supporting people who have been in Intensive Care

Pam Ramsay, Lecturer (Teaching and Research)
School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee

The critical care recovery website: is a web resource to support patients and families during and after Intensive Care. The website is based on extensive qualitative research with ICU survivors, and was co-designed with them. Join us for an overview of the website and plans to develop a COVID-specific version, which will be disseminated UK-wide.

Tuesday 26 May 15:30 – 16:10 (GMT) 

Remote Health Monitoring – where we have been and where we are going

Morag Hearty, Strategic Lead in the National TEC team supporting Home and Mobile Health Monitoring (HMHM), and Programme Manager for Lanarkshire’s TEC Programme and Scott Henderson, Advisor to Scottish Government TEC programme

The scale up of Remote Health Monitoring in Scotland has been a progression, building on learning and experience from initial implementation towards a national programme. The implementation has responded to key health challenges in relation to long term conditions management and more recently plans for supporting maternity care. In response to COVID-19, RHM has is also being deployed as part of the plans for post-COVID recovery.  In this session, those directly involved with leading this work will share reflections and insights from what has worked, the current position and the plans for the future.

Wednesday 27 May 2020 12.00-13.30 (GMT)

European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) – Digital tools to support Mental Health

This webinar is being organised by our colleagues from the ECHA as one of their series of extremely popular pop-up webinars which focus on the use of digital tools in response to COVID-19. The Digital Mental Health Lead for Scottish Government will participate and presentations will include examples from Scotland and Europe.

Wednesday 27 May 2020 15:30-17:00 (GMT)

Digital ethics: making decisions in COVID-19 times

Dr. Elena Beratarbide, National IG Policy Lead for Health and Care
Digital Health and Care Directorate, Scottish Government

Claudia Pagliari, Director of Global eHealth, University of Edinburgh, NHS Digital Academy

Claire Wainwright, Team Leader IG and Data Access (Research and Statistics), Scottish Government

Eilidh McLaughlin, Associate Director, Information Security and Governance, Digital and Security, NHS National Services Scotland

Richmond Davis, Head of IG, Stats Governance and Strategic Development, Data Protection Officer, Public Health Scotland

A representative from Gartner will also join this session.

COVID-19 has been a challenge to many of the existing digital governance structures, including data and privacy. The pace and demand for technologies and data has exacerbated the need for faster ways to make proportionate decisions that balance the wider public interest and privacy rights. This webinar explores the big digital ethics questions that COVID-19 has brought, how integrity is still possible in times of crisis and any signs of changes in the collective moral code. *While the presenters day jobs include the NHS and Scottish Government, the views expressed are their own and do not represent the organisation with which they are affiliated.

Thursday 28 May 2020 11:00 – 12:00 (GMT)

Responding to change – rapidly deploying effective flexible learning resources

Keith Quinn, Learning and Development Manager (Digital Learning) Scottish Social Services Council

With extensive experience in developing digital learning, the speaker in this webinar will provide an overview of the experience of rapidly deploying content and how the impact of learning on practice should be considered.

Thursday 28 May 2020 12:30-13:30 (GMT)

Telecare Drop-in session: High Street Tech – should it be our business?

Digital Telecare for Scottish Local Government and the TEC team are hosting their next drop in session as part of the Digital Health and Care Learning Network Week.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, a growing number of vulnerable older people, often with the help of family, are starting to use citizen technologies to support them to stay safe and connected. This session considers how this changing picture might influence how Telecare Services operate and includes presentations from:

Thomas Ozers, Digital Telecare and Gillian Fyfe from Alzheimer Scotland, who will talk about ADAM – About Digital and Me – the tool that is being developed to enable people to select the best technologies for them.

Friday 29 May 2020 10:00 – 10: 40 (GMT)

Young people co-designing Technology Enabled Care during the COVID-19 crisis

This webinar will provide an overview of Young Scot’s co-design service including our approach and adaptations during the COVID-19 crisis.
We will share the Technology Enabled Care panels journey to date and provide opportunity for discussion and collaboration on some of the priority areas of the young people’s work. 

Hosted by Eleanor Snape (Co-design Officer, Young Scot) and Allan Lindsay (Participation and Co-design Director, Young Scot)

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Friday 29 May 2020 13:00 -13:40 (GMT)

Overview of TEC workstreams – learning from the response to COVID-19

Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Digital Health and Care Directorate, Scottish Government

Join us for this session with Margaret Whoriskey to complete our week of webinars. Margaret will be giving an update on the Technology Enabled Care work streams and sharing reflections on the digital health and care response to COVID-19.

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