Digital Health and Care Services

The Scottish Mental Health Service for Deaf People and the use of Near Me

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.

Video enabled consultation – NHS  Near Me Implementation Guidance available on:
Primary Care
Care Homes, Residential Homes, Housing Associations and Hospices
Prison-Police Custody

Public website:

Care Inspectorate Coronavirus Guidance for Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19): clinical and practice guidance for adult care homes Updated 15.05.2020

Video Enabled Services – Near Me –BBC News Coverage 20.04.2020

Remote GP consultations being escalated – press release on NHS Near Me

Scottish Government Digital Health and Care Directorate response to COVID-19 – expanding video enabled services NHS Near Me

Updated COVID-19 resources on Young Scot – advice on health, wellbeing, staying safe in-person and online and coping with conflict.

Scottish Social Services Council – Guidance to help social workers respond to COVID-19

European Commission adopts recommendation to support COVID-19 exit strategies through mobile data and apps.

ORCHA – Free COVID-19 Health & Care App Formulary and Free Recommendation Tool for 3 months.

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.

CHAS Launches the UK’s First Virtual Children’s Hospice to support children with life-shortening conditions and their families during the coronavirus crisis.

Digital Telecare for Scottish Local Government COVID-19 Telecare Service Continuity Guidance

COVID-19 Telecare – the latest update from Telecare and service continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy – Telehealth Guidance

A new national helpline is being set up to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.

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

WHO launches a chatbot on Facebook Messenger to combat COVID-19 misinformation

NHS Fife helping connect families separated by Covid-19

EU Update – How are countries using digital tools in responding to COVID-19?

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?

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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

COVID-19 Telecare Update. Produced by the Scottish Government TEC Programme, TEC in Housing and Digital Telecare for Scottish Local Government

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.

COVID Symptom Tracking app. (see webinar on this subject below) Developed in collaboration with scientists from King’s College London.

In addition to all the resources on NHS Inform, NHS 24 has been working on a public facing App (NHS 24: COVID 19) which makes available the COVID hub content from NHS inform as well as the self-help tool to assess potential symptoms.

Critical Care Recovery website developed by researchers, health care staff, patients,  family members and developers. Sections on: Intensive Care, Wards, Getting Home and Moving On.

Funding to help with additional COVID-19 costs for the social care sector deal with the financial implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed.

OpenEyes, the new emergency eyecare system for Scotland is live in NHS Grampian and NHS Forth Valley. It will allow health – hospital and community clinicians to work together with the same records.

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:

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