Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

Latest News

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Tips to Support Effective Engagement Scottish Health Council have produced a series of handy Tips to Support Effective Engagement when planning changes to health and care services. [more]
Modernising social alarms and telecare Dr Malcolm Fisk has published an article on the importance of promoting cyber
awareness among service and
technology providers, while examining the wider scope of telecare. [more]
#NotWithoutMe Programme Carnegie UK Trust are delighted to announce the launch of next phase of the #NotWithoutMe Programme, including an exciting funding and development opportunity, which opens on 8th March. [more]

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Introducing Telehealth and Telecare

Introducing Telehealth and Telecare: Part 2


Please see below for a list of external sites featuring technology enabled care resources and information.

Digital Health and Care Alliance

A free-to-join member-driven organisation dedicated to improving interoperability and reducing duplication in health and care services.

Learning Network webcasts

The Telehealth and Telecare learning network webcasts are available to view at your convenience at, simply click on ‘eventcasts’ and scroll down the list of available webcasts.

Cancer Innovation Challenge Launched!

The Cancer Innovation Challenge is a £1M project funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to encourage Innovation Centres in Scotland to work in partnership to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer through open innovation funding calls for data science solutions.

Click here to find out more.


Scotland’s Refreshed Digital Strategy

Estimating the Economic Burden of Respiratory Illness in the UK

Award for Technology Enabled Care Service

Winner - NHS Highland, MobileCongratulations to NHS Highland who scooped a top accolade for delivering an innovative digital health service.

Winners of the Mobile Award, NHS Highland’s Technology Enabled Care team were presented with the award at the 4th annual Connect ICT Awards ceremony which celebrates excellence in Scotland’s public sector  ICT.

The Connect Mobile Award recognises an organisation or team that has embraced the potential of mobile technology to deliver more

effective services.

The  winning NHS Highland project, which receives funding from the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme, was for the innovative use of the text messaging service – Florence – as part of the TEC Programme’s Home and Mobile Health Monitoring service.

Digital Collaboration Project Launch

A new project offering private sector companies to develop digital solutions for public sector problems is being piloted by Scottish Government.

The CivTech project is open to all entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other businesses or individuals. Unlike conventional tenders where the solution is pre-determined, the CivTech model poses ‘challenges’ as open questions and invites companies to propose an answer.

The aim is to attract smaller companies and provide a pathway for them to win public sector contracts in line with the new rules on public procurement that came into force in April.

Further information available here

Social media networks tapped for smart environment for older people

Researchers in New Zealand to investigate the development of a ‘smart social environment’ integrating social media networking with digital health devices and smart house technologies.

The research, led by Massey University College of Business senior lecturer Richard Whiddett and colleagues Inga Hunter and Hans Guesgen, will investigate a novel approach to the delivery of healthcare support to older people by modelling an environment that can provide information about an older person’s health and wellness to their individualised health support network.For full details of this, and other Australasia Health IT news, visit


Public Health & Wellbeing Awards

RSPH logoNominations are now being sought for the best public health and wellbeing services across the UK.

Now in its ninth year, the 2016 RSPH Health and Wellbeing Awards seek to celebrate and recognise the wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.


The Royal Society of Public Health are looking for submissions for the following six categories:

Applicants are required to register .   The deadline for returning completed application forms and all supporting evidence is 12pm Tuesday 31 May 2016.

New Videos to Support Carers

Carers Scotland logoCarers Scotland has just released a new range of videos to support carers across Scotland.



The organisation has worked with carers to produce the range of videos designed to empower  and improve support for themselves and those they care for.


The range of videos can be accessed here

New IRIC reporting system

The Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre (IRIC) has issued adverse incident reporting and safety warning cascades for medical devices, laboratory equipment, estates & facilities equipment and social care equipment.

For information and further details, please visit the National Services Scotland website and / or

IRIC document

Funding Extends ChatHealth Messaging Service

The RCN is welcoming a scheme to give young people nursing support through text messaging.

The scheme, which previously provided 65,000 11-19 year olds in Leicestershire access to nursing support by text is to be extended across the UK.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s ChatHealth messaging service has reached 750 extra people without adding to the workload of school nurses. The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) is now offering £100,000 funding to other NHS Trusts who want to licence use of the text messaging service.

Unique method of engaging young people

Fiona Smith, Professional Lead for Children and Young People’s Nursing at the RCN, said: “Following the success of text messaging service ChatHealth at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, this investment will help numerous other organisations benefit from this unique method of engaging with young people. ChatHealth is a great example of tailoring health services to a specific group who may otherwise be reluctant to come forward. This service encourages young people to discuss their health issues and receive support and advice by using a means of communication they feel comfortable with.”

Improving health outcomes

Staff using ChatHealth say they are speaking with more new service users about a broader range of issues and are able to intervene earlier.

Teenagers say they like the service too, and are reported to be more likely to ask for health support when they can ask questions remotely or anonymously, because they find it less embarrassing.

Young people more likely to come forward

Fiona Smith added: “Nursing teams in particular will recognise the value of this. From public health services to school nurses, nursing staff are always on the lookout for ways to improve health outcomes for children and young people, and this service has shown that teenagers are much more likely to come forward via text message. The funding and support on offer can help organisations to train staff, access safe software and develop a strong, sustainable ChatHealth service. It is now up to NHS Trusts to take advantage of this opportunity to connect with countless young people and help them access the health care they need.”

Further information

NHS Trusts that would like more information on the available funding are invited to call Jimmy Endicott on 0116 295 7937, email or contact @jimmyendicott on Twitter. The funding will cover set-up of the ChatHealth messaging programmes in a number of NHS Trusts that want to licence use of the messaging service.

Ready Steady Baby! App Study Published

ReadySteadyBaby! App

The Ready Steady Baby! (RSB!) app, was introduced to provide an alternative format to complement existing information and advice provided by the RSB! book and the RSB! website. Its intended audience is primarily women, living in Scotland, who are trying for a baby, pregnant or a parent with a child up to 12 months of age.

The study considers barriers and facilitators to awareness, access and use of the app, how it is being used, when and with what perceived impacts. Sixty-four pregnant women and women who had recently had their babies and 33 midwives and family nurses from two NHS Board areas were interviewed.

Key results

  • Of these 64 participants, 23 had used the app out of 33 who were aware of it.
  • The main barrier to access the app was a lack of awareness of the app and lack of access to a smartphone.
  • Participants reported using several sources to address their information needs, including other commercial pregnancy related apps (some of which were noted as being more interactive and engaging) as well as more traditional forms of advice and information, along with preference for use of the RSB! book.
  • The interviews with midwives and family nurses, revealed widespread awareness and promotion of the app but little use or knowledge of its content or features.

Recommendations include considerations for future investment in developing the app and to increasing awareness and promotion by NHS staff.

For a full copy of the study, please click the following link: Ready Steady Baby! Study

New published standards to help accelerate innovation

Innovate UK, in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), has published new standards and guidance in four areas of emerging technologies.

The standards have been published in:

  • synthetic biology
  • independent living
  • cell therapies
  • offshore renewable energy

They were drawn up with help from key industry and academic organisations and will help UK businesses to develop world-leading innovative products and services.

Innovate UK will keep working with BSI to explore opportunities for new standards to accelerate innovation in other emerging technology areas.

Kevin Baughan, Director of Innovations Programmes at Innovate UK, said:

“Effective standards play a vital role in ensuring that innovative ideas are successfully brought to market. The UK is already well established in these four emerging technology areas and through this joint programme with BSI, we will enable our innovative companies to expand even more quickly.”

TEC Programme’s Latest News

TEC wordleThe July 2015 Bulletin for the Technology Enabled Care Programme is now available.

For an update on its activities, please click here:TEC DOA Bulletin July 2015 – FINAL

Funding for Innovations to Improve Health Cre

The Health Foundation has £1.5 million available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas to improve health care delivery in the UK.

As part of its new Innovating for Improvement programme,  the Health Foundation is looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care.

Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding, over 15 months, to support the implementation and evaluation of their health care innovation project.

Interested? For further information, visit<>.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 4 August 2015.

Care Information Scotland Relaunch

CIS digital imageThe Scottish Government carers’ website – Care Information Scotland – relaunches following a design and content refresh.

The website provides information and advice to those who look after someone, need care themselves or are planning for future care needs.

The service is also a helpful source of information for health and care professionals who are able to direct people to the information service as required.

Care Information Scotland (CIS) provides a central information point to guide people through the maze of resources while providing to comprehensive, accurate and up to date information.

NHS 24, which manages the service, has worked in partnership with the Scottish Government and care organisations to expand the service and provide a first point of access to all care information in Scotland.

The range of organisations included Age Scotland, the Carers Trust and Shared Care to ensure the re-designed website, webchat and telephone service meets the needs of people in Scotland.

Lynne Huckerby, Head of Health Information Services, NHS 24, said: “This fresh new service now offers features such as web chat, direct links to social care across local councils and the ability to share content and information.

“The service is designed to complement service provision in local areas and provides advice and signposting information to a range of topics, allowing people to make informed decisions. CIS will be a useful resource for those finding themselves in a caring role for the first time.”

For more information, visit or phone 0800 011 3200. (8am to 10pm seven days a week.)


Healthcare Innovation Trade Mission to Denmark

Scottish Development International would like to hear from Scottish organisations who may be interested in taking part in a healthcare mission to Denmark as part of the country’s Week of Health and Innovation.

Who is it for?

The mission is aimed at innovative UK healthcare companies who offer proven solutions for hospital efficiency, process improvement, telehealth, digital health and psychiatric treatment and whom are interested in exporting to the Nordic market.

When will it take place?

The mission will take place during the Week of Health and Innovation (WHINN), a unique gathering of clinical opinion leaders, healthcare delivery organisations, potential partners, procurement officers, governmental leaders, researchers and university faculties, attending a range of events and international conferences in Odense, South Denmark over three days (20th – 22nd October).

What is happening during WHINN?

UKTI have organised a special programme for UK companies (see attachment) and have negotiated special discounted rates for mission delegates should they wish to also attend the European Telehealth Conference (, Hospital+Innovation Conference ( or exhibit at the central exhibition (

To register your interest, or to find out any further information, please contact Daniel Elliott –

WHO launch Public Consultation on Global Integrated Care Strategy

who-logoThe World Health Organisation has launched a public consultation as part of its global strategy on people-centred and integrated health services.

The consultation is a follow-up to the interim World Health Organisation (WHO) report released at the 15th International Conference for Integrated Care that took place in Edinburgh in March 2015.

Dr. Edward Kelley, Director, Service Delivery and Safety, WHO, said: “The Strategy promotes a paradigm shift in the way health services are funded, managed and delivered, and responds to the need to put people at the centre of service delivery and to foster integration across the care continuum. As we all know, this is urgently needed to meet the challenges being faced by health systems around the world, whether in high, middle or low income countries.

“The final version of the Strategy will be submitted for discussion at the 138th meeting of the Executive Board to the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016. Before this official submission, we are expecting additional contributions from the WHO Regional Offices and experts in the field to enrich and revise the current interim documents.”

As part of the public consultation, WHO would like to engage individuals and organisations who have an interest in people-centred and integrated health services, and who would like to contribute to a critical review of the Strategy’s strengths and weaknesses to help inform its implementation. To enable this, WHO have designed an online survey focusing on different sections of the Strategy.

The survey will close on 15 July 2015, and the results will be compiled in a report to be published in the coming months. Further information as well as the online survey are available via the following link




New Digital Network Tool for Health & Social Care Providers

A new digital tool that links up health and social care providers is now being rolled out across Scotland.

People Connect, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by NHS Education for Scotland Knowledge Services and the Quality Improvement Hub, provides a secure, easily accessible place where people across Scotland’s health and social care can network, make new connections and share experience and expertise.

People Connect allows health and social care staff to:

  • access the People Connect social directory
  • search for people who share professional interests
  • email individuals or groups with similar interests
  • use its latest function: online discussion

It includes an online mentoring tool, allows users to connect their LinkedIn and Twitter accounts and their Knowledge Network Communities of Practice, and uses simple privacy settings allowing users to share as much, or as little, profile information as they would like.

People Connect has been beta-tested by over 1,000 health and social care staff over the past year and is now open to join at


SHTG Seek Health Technology to Assess

The Scottish Health Technologies Group, an advisory group set up to provide assistance to NHSScotland when considering non-medicine health technologies, are giving NHS boards in Scotland the opportunity to suggest future topics for assessment.

SHTG state that anyone can refer a topic for consideration, for example NHS boards, clinicians, manufacturers and members of the public. Following a review of the evidence, SHTG will issue advice to help NHS boards make decisions about health technologies.

Non-medicine technologies form a crucial part of modern healthcare encompassing a diverse scope of interventions including devices, diagnostic tests, ehealth, procedures and organisational systems used in healthcare.

SHTG’s remit is to provide advice on the evidence about the clinical and cost effectiveness of existing and new technologies where there is uncertainty about the value of adopting the technology.

For further information:

Scotland Europa EU Digital Health Funding Event

Scotland Europa logo


In partnership with the Innovation Centres and other Team
Scotland partners, Scotland Europa is organising a series of
targeted events taking place in May which will focus on
upcoming funding opportunities within Horizon 2020 and
other EU programmes in certain key thematic areas of interest
for Scotland. The events will also cover the major lessons
learned from the first round of calls in 2014 under the new EU
funding programmes, as well as practical case studies and
opportunities to discuss ideas for project development.
The events will take place as follows:

 Digital Health – 28 May at Digital Health Institute

For further information:


Holyrood Telehealth & Telecare Conference

Holyrood T & T conference logoHolyrood’s annual Telehealth and Telecare conference, being held at the end of April, has limited delegate places remaining.

The two day event, held in Glasgow on 28-29 April, will feature a wide range of presentations, breakouts and Q&A sessions from some of the leading players in the sector in Scotland and beyond.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, The Scottish Government
  • Professor George Crooks OBE, Medical Director, NHS 24
  • Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Director, Joint Improvement Team
  • Heather Laing, Telecare Lead, Senior Manager Community Alarm Telecare Service, The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Raul Garcia-Leon, ICT Manager, Agency for Social Services and Dependency of Andalusia

Places start from £99 + VAT. To book your place, view the full agenda and speaker lineup or to view testimonials please visit

Scottish EU Funding Portal Launched

Scottish Europa Funding Portal logoScottish Europa has announced the launch of the new Scottish EU funding Portal.

Registration is now live and pre-registered users will receive automatic invitations to start using the system.

Registered users will have access to the following facilities:

  •  2014-2020 Programmes information, including latest Calls for proposals and NCP contact details
  • A back catalogue of 4,000 EU funded Scottish projects
  • Add approved EU projects to your organisation’s profile
  • Edit your organisation’s project information and create Case Studies
  • Share Project Ideas to help find partners to work with
  • Add approved EU projects to your organisation’s profile
  • Set up favourite searches and notifications
  • Share stories, news and events through the blog





eHealth Week 2015

eHealth WeekThis year’s eHealth Week will be held from 11-13 May 2015 at the International Exhibition Centre Kipsala in Riga, Latvia.

eHealth Week 2015 will this year comprise of two main events:

  • the high level eHealth conference, organised by the Latvian Ministry of Health and the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union,
  • and the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition (WoHIT) organised by HIMSS Europe.

The event, which expects over 2000 international delegates with 75 exhibitors, will offer participants the opportunity to attend a range of sessions and activities including mHealth Summit Europe, EU SME eHealth Competition, an onsite Matchmaking Event and a state of the art exhibition including country pavilions from all over the world.

For further information, visit:

Latest News

latest news
Tips to Support Effective Engagement Scottish Health Council have produced a series of handy Tips to Support Effective Engagement when planning changes to health and care services. [more]
Modernising social alarms and telecare Dr Malcolm Fisk has published an article on the importance of promoting cyber
awareness among service and
technology providers, while examining the wider scope of telecare. [more]
#NotWithoutMe Programme Carnegie UK Trust are delighted to announce the launch of next phase of the #NotWithoutMe Programme, including an exciting funding and development opportunity, which opens on 8th March. [more]