Please see below for a list of external sites featuring technology enabled care resources and information.
A free-to-join member-driven organisation dedicated to improving interoperability and reducing duplication in health and care services.
The Telehealth and Telecare learning network webcasts are available to view at your convenience at www.video3uk.com/sctt, simply click on ‘eventcasts’ and scroll down the list of available webcasts.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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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.”
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.
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.
Recommendations include considerations for future investment in developing the app and to increasing awareness and promotion by NHS staff.
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:
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.”
For an update on its activities, please click here:TEC DOA Bulletin July 2015 – FINAL
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 www.health.org.uk/innovatingimprovement<http://www.health.org.uk/innovatingimprovement>.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon, 4 August 2015.
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 www.careinfoscotland.scot or phone 0800 011 3200. (8am to 10pm seven days a week.)
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) www.whinn.dk, 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 (www.telemedicineconference.eu), Hospital+Innovation Conference (www.hospitalplusinnovation.com) or exhibit at the central exhibition (www.whinn.dk/sponsors/whinn-exhibition).
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 http://www.who.int/servicedeliverysafety/areas/people-centred-care/en/
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:
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 www.peopleconnect.scot.nhs.uk
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.
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: https://www.scotlandeuropa.com/
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:
Places start from £99 + VAT. To book your place, view the full agenda and speaker lineup or to view testimonials please visit http://telehealthcare.holyrood.com/
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:
eHealth Week 2015 will this year comprise of two main events:
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: http://www.worldofhealthit.org/ehome/index.php?eventid=98290&
For further information – http://www.ktn-uk.co.uk/
HIMMS Europe Insight magazine spotlights Networking the Elderly and asks if the millions of euros being invested on an impressive range of technologies to support our elderly populations to keep active, healthy and well are being spent wisely?
Click here to access a copy of the article: http://himss.eu/sites/default/files/insights/volume2no4/mailer_0.html
New medical devices could be rolled out to Scottish hospitals more quickly under an innovative scheme being piloted by the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.
Under the scheme, people across Scotland could have earlier access to high tech medical technology that has the potential to improve the care and treatment of patients.
Clinical experts at the Golden Jubilee have developed a unique process to review and test medical devices that can be used within NHS Scotland – providing a thorough and rigorous testing process that could allow earlier implementation nationally.
The new process will enable individuals and organisations to submit a healthcare related device for review by clinical experts, who will evaluate the device and it potential for use within NHS and the wider healthcare environment.
Health Secretary Alex Neil learned about the process as he visited the Golden Jubilee today to meet staff involved in the creation of their new Innovation Centre, which aims to put NHS Scotland at the forefront of health and social care advances.
The facility will bring together health professionals and clinical experts who will be responsible for turning pioneering ideas into the reality of better treatment for patients.
He said: “Scotland is already a world-leader in developing new treatments within a variety of different specialisms. The Golden Jubilee National Hospital continues to be at the centre of this innovation and has been pivotal in leading ground-breaking surgery for heart disease, complex orthopaedic hip and knee replacements, as well as introducing different ways of delivering anaesthesia.
“The testing and early implementation of new medical devices is crucial to this work and the new testing process at the Golden Jubilee could see earlier roll-outs of new high tech and potentially life-saving medical technology across Scotland’s NHS.
“The government recently announced an initial £100,000 national health & social care innovation fund, which aims to raise millions of pounds, to develop original and pioneering treatments for Scotland’s patients. The Golden Jubilee National Hospital will also work on behalf of NHS Scotland to raise funds for new initiatives from a variety of sources, including donations and European grants.”
Jill Young, Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, added: “To ensure that the people of Scotland have world-leading health services, it is imperative that we can help to introduce and test ideas. This can be either where there is a proof of concept that care or treatment can be delivered better, faster or more appropriately, or indeed where there is no proof of concept, we can enable this development.
“Our process for device testing is just one component of our Board vision to lead quality, research and innovation. Investment and creating business relationships are clearly very important too, as is creating the right environment to encourage NHS staff to improve and create ideas.
“In order to continue to meet patient expectations and provide quality care, we need to be committed to thinking in different ways and doing different things to enhance and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.”
One example of the work already being carried out at the Golden Jubilee is the development of a programme which allows medical students, trainee doctors and clinicians to practice surgical techniques on 3D models and animations. In the future, it could also be used to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options, through seeing a visual representation of what their treatment will involve.
It was also announced that Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) will be relocating their base to join the innovation team at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.
SHIL has worked with NHS Scotland since 2002 to develop a variety of innovative ideas and projects that have come from NHS staff – from basic ideas to improve patient care, to more complicated research projects.
Scotland has an international reputation for cutting edge health research. One of the biggest problems for researchers in Scotland and throughout the world is in recruiting people to studies. Yet we know that many people would be willing to help with research if they knew about projects particularly those relevant to problems they or their family might have.
Scotland has started a new initiative called SHARE created to establish a register of people interested in participating in health research and who agree to allow SHARE to use the coded data in their various NHS computer records to check whether they might be suitable for health research studies. The register resides entirely and securely within the NHS.
The medical research can be anything from just filling in a questionnaire about your diet and exercise regime, to a clinical trial for an illness you may have. Alternatively, if you have no significant health problems you may be invited to take part in research which requires healthy people.
All SHARE does is let you know about studies which may be relevant to you. If you are interested and want to know more then we let the researchers know. However, if after reading about it you don’t want to take part you just say no.
So please read about it and sign up online today at www.registerforshare.org
We have a target of 1,000,000 volunteers in Scotland and we will be very grateful if you can register. Please also try and get your friends and family to sign up.
It will only take a minute, and no further action will be required from you.
With best wishes
Professor George Crooks OBE MBChB FRCP FRCGP
Thursday 26 June will see the launch of the North West Coast Connected Health Ecosystem in England. The Ecosystem will bring together partners from health and social care, industry, academia and patient organisations to focus on improving health across the North West Coast at the same time as generating economic benefits for the region, through the uptake and deployment of connected health solutions.
Connected Health is an umbrella term which includes eHealth, mHealth, Digital Health, pHealth, telehealth, telecare along with other terms which promote the use of technology within health.
The Ecosystem is being held in conjunction with the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network, Liverpool International Business Forum and the European Connected Health Alliance. It is part of the European Connected Health Alliance International Network of Connected Health Ecosystems. To find out more go to: http://www.echalliance.com/
The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Annual Conference heard research on the benefits of using an electronic system for recording patient information on wards. It found doctors could save over 24 hours per week by swapping paperwork for new technology.
Medics working in the neonatal unit at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital switched to the new electronic system to see if they could reduce the 56% of ward round time they spent filling out paperwork. The system, which was developed by a junior doctor reduced this time to around 41%, confirming that technology can improve service delivery.
Dr Sarah Steadman presented the findings from the study at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Annual Conference in Birmingham this week.
For more information, visit: http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/news/laptops-ward-rounds-could-save-doctors-hour-day.
The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre has been awarded £3.25m in funding. The centre’s work will focus on patient care and will be based at the University of Dundee, though it is a partnership programme between a range of universities, health bodies and local authorities.
Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Alex Neil, said: “I am proud that the NHS in Scotland has a worldwide reputation for patient safety and delivering quality care. I believe that this partnership will build on this by allowing our NHS to take best practice and learning from across the world and apply it to our healthcare services to continue to drive up the quality of patient experience and outcomes, and improve the health of the public.”
For information, visit: Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre
The Medical Healthcare Regulatory Authority has published its advice on medical device stand alone software, including apps. For full details, visit: http://www.mhra.gov.uk/Howweregulate/Devices/Devicesregulatorynews/CON395239
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