Digital Health and Care Services
As part of the COVID-19 response, the Connecting Scotland Initiative
is being delivered by the Scottish Government, in partnership with local authorities, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the digital and IT sectors led by ScotlandIS. It is also supported by Microsoft, Leidos, the Data Lab, Accenture and Gartner. It aims to connect up to 9,000 more people on low incomes who are considered clinically at high risk so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family during COVID-19. Are you an organisation working with vulnerable individuals and families? Are you an individual looking to help and support someone to get online?
Clinical Specialty Guidance – The clinical specialty guidance describes specific considerations for use of Near Me in a particular specialty, and is designed to supplement the general guidance.
COVID Symptom Tracking app. (see webinar on this subject below) Developed in collaboration with scientists from King’s College London.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland – Community Engagement update on Virtual Visiting – Technology is allowing people to stay in contact with friends and family who are in hospital.
Home and Mobile Health Monitoring Update. Including information on the work (in partnership with colleagues from DHI, NHS NSS) and the Remote Monitoring COVID-19 Response Group to complete a market survey exercise to better understand how the many remote monitoring solutions available to us might best support the response to and recovery from COVID-19.
In December 2019, the Scottish Government launched the Neurological care and support: framework for action 2020-2025 and announced funding over 5 years to deliver the Framework’s commitments. Proposals are invited linked to implementing the Neurological Framework. The Framework includes Commitment 8: “We will work to improve the use of digital technology to ensure that integrated services seamlessly meet the needs of people with neurological conditions and those who provide care and support to them.” Details here https://www.gov.scot/publications/neurological-framework-funding
New mental health support In addition to the support outlined in Update no.1, the new investment includes funding to expand of the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme to help people in distress, and the launch of a new mental health marketing campaign.
New – National Wellbeing Hub for staff working in health or social services in Scotland. The hub is for staff, carers, volunteers and their families to access a range of self-care and wellbeing resources designed to aid resilience as the whole workforce responds to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). On Twitter follow: @PRoMISScot
North Atlantic Corona Challenge launched 20.05.2020 A 48 Hour Online Challenge to Tackle the COVID-19 Crisis 29-31 MAY 2020 Organized by Nordic Atlantic Cooperation (NORA) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Themes: #SAVELIVES #SAVEBUSINESSES #SAVECOMMUNITIES
Registration is open until 28 May 2020. For more information go to: www.coronachallenge.fo.
SCVO – new “How To” Guides: https://scvo.org.uk/support/digital/guides
SCVO have been supporting organisations to find new ways to deliver services and to support employees and users to adapt to digital and remote working.
Digital services – This guide details the main topics you need to explore when you move your services to digital channels.
Remote working – This guide will help you give your best support to employees and volunteers to empower them to do their best work from home.
Digital inclusion – This guide will help any organisation delivering digital inclusion projects.
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The Care Inspectorate publishes a free monthly newsletter, Care News and is also currently publishing daily Provider Updates to keep registered care services up to date with developments, information and guidance during the pandemic. Although the Provider Update is primarily aimed at care services, anyone can sign up to receive them. You can sign up for Care News and ensure you include provider alerts in your preferences here http://bit.ly/CI-subscribe
The COVID-19 Health Systems Response Monitor (HSRM) collects and organizes information on how countries’ health systems are responding to the crisis. It currently includes information for most of the countries in the WHO European Region, including all EU countries.
The Scottish Mental Health Service for Deaf People and the use of Near Me
The team behind Near Me (video enabled consultation) have launched an engagement exercise to find out what people think about how the system might be improved for the future. Please complete the survey, if you or your family and friends have used Near Me.
Video enabled consultation – NHS Near Me Implementation Guidance available on:
Care Homes, Residential Homes, Housing Associations and Hospices
Public website: https://www.nearme.scot
Video Enabled Services – Vision for Near Me (May 2020) This document describes the vision for how Near Me video consulting will be used in health and care services in Scotland. It is designed to inform plans within local organisations, and is endorsed by the Cabinet Secretary and Scottish Government.
YooToo – Caring for unpaid carers. YooToo is a collaborative care app aimed at providing support for those caring for someone older, ill or disabled. Designed in collaboration with funding from the Scottish Government’s Innovation Fund.