This learning report summarises the work undertaken to date and shares lessons learned from three phases of the Near Me in Social Work Programme. It describes where it is most appropriate to use Near Me in Social Work, where Near Me could be scaled/targeted for maximum input plus the challenges to sustainable scale up & spread.
General Practice Deep Dive
At the onset of covid-19, there was a rapid scale up of Near Me in general practice, however, since May 2020, use in general practice has declined significantly. Recognising that adoption is heavily influenced by the culture and systems within individual practices, we conducted a deep dive to identify the spread of use and explore how it has been embedded in three of the highest using practices.
Women's Health - Endometriosis
Endometriosis affects approximately 1 in 10 women. Working with the Women’s Health Plan and Endometriosis UK, we were keen to understand how Near Me video consulting could improve access to services. Structured interviews enabled us to explore how Near Me is currently being used, the barriers and opportunities. You can view the full results here
Near Me Spaces in Libraries
The Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care Team awarded £20K funding to the Scottish Libraries and Information Council (SLiC) in March 2022, to support the establishment of Near Me Spaces in 10 libraries. In association with the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre Health (DHI) as part of the Collective Force for Health & Wellbeing the aim was to improve digital access in libraries to health, social care and public services. To achieve this funding has supported work to ensure privacy within the library to make Near Me calls, access to appropriate devices and marketing materials. Here is a progress report on the project.