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First national learning module on technology enabled care


30-November-2018

A new ‘Introduction to Technology Enabled Care’ (TEC) learning resource has been developed to address the recommendation for a national approach to learning and development from the research report – ‘Supporting Scotland’s Workforce’.  The learning resource is available free of charge and is aimed at staff in the health and care sector who work in NHSScotland, local authorities, the voluntary/third sector, the independent (private) sector and/or housing.

Technology plays a critical role in 21st century health and care. With 66 per cent of people living with at least one long-term condition by the age of 65, it is more important than ever before that health and social care staff use technology such as wearable devices, home monitoring and video-conferencing to help improve people’s care and quality of life. 

The use of technology empowers people to manage their health and care and is seen as part of the response to increasing demands on the care sector, hospital and GP services, challenging NHS, local government and other organisation finances and pressures on the workforce to deliver better care closer to home.

The resource helps staff understand how technology can be used to: 

  • Improve health, care and wellbeing outcomes for people and their carers.
  • Encourage people to improve and manage their own health and care and stay independent and safe.
  • Improve communication between people and the staff who support their health and care needs.
  • Capture and share information effectively to help staff provide person-centred health and care services.

Dorothy Wright, NES Workforce Director, said: 

“Health and wellbeing technology is transforming our ability to empower people to participate in their own care, improving access to quality healthcare services and information. At the same time it supports more integrated and effective public services to help improve the patient experience and health of our citizens. 

“Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy highlights the importance of digital skills across the whole health and care sector. It is important that staff have the knowledge and skills to work confidently with technology to support people manage their own health better, helping improve health, care and wellbeing outcomes. 

“We are proud of the work we do at NHS Education for Scotland developing and delivering education and training for the health and care workforce. The development of this first national learning module will help build our workforce digital health and care knowledge and skills to ensure that the people of Scotland get the best healthcare possible from a well-trained workforce.”

TEC workforce stories

A series of workforce stories developed in partnership with NHS boards and other health and care organisations across Scotland showcases how different types of Technology Enabled Care are being used to improve working practice and service delivery, as well as providing better access to health and care services for individuals and their families.

To access the learning resource and find out more about technology enabled care visit https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/2198/technology-enabled-care

 

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