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A new digital portal has been introduced by the NHS and councils in Lancashire, which allows health and social care staff to see how many vacancies there are in local care homes, saving hours of time phoning around to check availability and helping people to get the right care or return home as quickly as possible.
We asked the Healthwatch Collaborative to help us hear from local people and to explore how they currently use technology to manage their health and wellbeing and that of their families, learn about the challenges people might face when using digital technology, understand how we can better support people to use digital tools and hear ideas about improvements we could make in the future. The resulting report was published by Healthwatch in February 2019, and we will use the recommendations made by local people to inform the digital delivery plan for 2019/20 as we bring the digital strategy to life.
In July 2018, students from schools in Lancashire and Cumbria took part in our Digital Healthy Schools event at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. As part of our celebrations of the 70th birthday of the NHS this year, we recorded their ideas about what the NHS might look like in 70 years' time. These have now been brought to life in a short animation.
We have really enjoyed getting out and about to offer local residents training and support to get online to manage their health and wellbeing through a series of drop in sessions in Lancashire and South Cumbria. Our digital tour stopped off at Chorley, Nelson, Morecambe, Blackpool, Blackburn, Preston and Barrow-in-Furness and we spoke to 487 people about all things digital.
NHS Digital has taken a crucial step towards a more joined-up health and care system with the launch of the new National Record Locator Service. Local clinical and IT professionals from across Lancashire and South Cumbria have played a key role in making this possible in our area.
Local residents are being offered training and support to get online to manage their health and wellbeing through a series of drop in sessions in Lancashire and South Cumbria this November.
Local residents are being offered training and support to get online to manage their health and wellbeing through a series of drop in sessions in Lancashire and South Cumbria this November.
Visitors to Lancashire libraries have the chance to test out a new health app, which is designed to make access to health advice and care easier. The NHS Online Orb is being developed for NHS England and brings together medical information in one easy-to-use app, which can also help patients to manage their own medical conditions.
On 3 October 2018, we are running our second Primary Care Digital Exemplar programme workshop. Watch the livestream to follow all the presentations and discussions.
Local residents are being offered training and support to get online to manage their health and wellbeing through a series of drop in sessions in Chorley and Nelson this September.
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