Near Me

The Scottish Government Near Me programme aims to provide the people of Scotland the choice to attend health, care and other appointments via video call where appropriate. 

By TEC Team, Wed, 28/07/2021

Practice Administrative Staff are key to offering patients the choice of a Near Me video appointment when they contact the practice. This guide will help you with the practical elements of enabling Near Me video appointments.

The equality impact assessment (EQIA) was undertaken by the Scottish Government. It assesses the potential impacts of protected characteristics, socio-economic factors, and remote and rural factors on the use of Near Me video consulting. The key benefits and barriers were:

A national public engagement exercise was held during June to August 2020, to understand the general public and health professionals’ views on using Near Me video consulting.  We found that:

Social Work update

In February 2021, a joint programme between the Scottish Government’s Office of the Chief Social Work Advisors and the Near Me team within Technology Enabled Care, Digital Health and Care Directorate, was established to support the rollout of the Near Me video calling platform to deliver care reviews to care home residents.

By TEC Team, Tue, 15/06/2021

As part of the Primary Care Team Learning Together Webinar series Marc Beswick and Rachel Bourke from the Near Me team explore:

  • Near Me Evidence
  • Benefits for Patient & Staff
  • QI Process and Implementation
  • Myth busting
  • Q&A session

Please note that no resource pack or timing information is available for this Webinar.

By TEC Team, Sun, 13/06/2021

This document is intended for GP out of hours settings in NHS Scotland.

Near Me video consulting can be used to enable patients to consult remotely with clinicians.

By TEC Team, Sat, 12/06/2021

Improving the use of Near Me video consulting in GP practices. This document is intended for GP practices in NHS Scotland.