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Technology Supporting People

Campaign encourages people to take control of their health, care and wellbeing using everyday technology


A new campaign launched today by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) encourages people to make use of everyday technology such as mobile phones and tablets to control and manage their own health, care and wellbeing.

The campaign centres on two new animated resources, which look at how two different people – Bridget and Hew – use technology to improve the way they experience health and care. Bridget is comfortable using a wide range of devices, while Hew is less familiar with new technologies. Both are able to use technology in their own way to help them take control of their health and care.

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 at home or in the community.

Pamela Dimberline, Specialist Lead – Workforce Development at NES, said:

“Recent years have seen a surge in the availability of accessible and real-time health and wellbeing technology. They can help people manage their own health better, stay safely at home for longer and transform the delivery of high quality health and care services.”

Dorothy Wright, NES Workforce Director said:

“Advances in technology are enabling people to take control of their own care and wellbeing. At the same time technology makes it easier for health and care staff to do their jobs, and helps care providers to deliver more effective and integrated services, leading to a better experience.”

Funding has been provided by the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme which was launched in 2014 with a specific remit to further improve outcomes for people through the use of technology, as an integral part of quality cost-effective health and care.

The animated resources have been produced as part of a national approach to learning and education to help Scotland’s citizens and the health and care workforce understand the positive impact on health, care and wellbeing outcomes when technology is considered part of everyday health and care services.

The animations can be found at: