Connecting Care bulletin - June 2016

As our Connecting Care project has come to an end, we're moving to a quarterly roundup of the latest developments in technology, digital and health and social care. We hope you find the update useful, so do stay in touch and follow us on Twitter @LasaICT.

  1. Lasa News

  2. Connecting Care evaluated: Thank you to all of you who took the time to speak to our external project evaluator, Sara Dunn, we appreciate your feedback. The final report highlights how Connecting Care made a difference in overcoming the barriers facing the sector's use of technology. There's also plenty for us to take forward to funders, so watch this space. Read the report. Our Connecting Care infographic sums up the project over the three years of its life.
  3. Sara Dunn also wrote a blog post for the Digital Leaders website about the technology needs of small social care charities which you can read here or in the link below.
  4. Lasa Webinar 13 July: Join us for our free webinar on Office 365 and Sharepoint. Microsoft SharePoint integrates with Office 365 and allows organisations to set up a centralised, password protected space to store and manage documents, create an intranet and collaborate on projects. Sign up for free here.
  5. Technology News for Social Care Organisations

  6. Donated products and services: Often described as "the best resource not known about in the charity sector", the Technology Trust have again added more items to their catalog of software and services available at very low cost to registered charities. See the link below for website tools from GoDaddy, cloud storage from Box, or data visualisation from Tableau.
  7. Data Protection update: Over 80% of organisation are unaware of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) and the forthcoming changes to how all businesses and charities must store and safegaurd their data. This guide from the ICO and infographic below, will help you prepare. Our own webinar summaries what charities need to do to get ready for the changes.
  8. Improve your website: Most people understand the value of a well-designed website. The major challenge, especially for smaller charities, is how to upgrade a website on a limited budget. Read the article below for some quick and easy ways to drastically improve your website.
  9. Digital skills toolkit for staff: On the NCVO KnowHow Nonprofit website there's a new toolkit to help organisations assess and build the digital skills of their workforce. Read what they have to say about it in the link below or access the toolkit directly here.
  10. Living Well in the Digital Age

  11. Affordable telehealth: This is the MediPi. It’s a device for heart patients to use at home to measure health statistics, which means they don’t need daily visits from a medical professional. Telehealth devices like this are usually built on iPads using 3G and Bluetooth with specially commissioned custom software and custom peripherals, which is a really expensive way to do a few simple things. More here at ComputerWeekly.
  12. Digital Healthcare - the essential guide: This is an immensely practical book cum workbook which has been missing on the market. The authors don’t just extol but explain exactly how to harness digital technology with great attention to detail and specifics. Throughout, you are signposted to research, evidence and existing implementation with some checklists for application and frequently asked questions (FAQs) answered too. RRP £24.99.
  13. Digital help for carers to live well: Two resources we were alerted to during Carers Week this year are firstly this research from Tinder Foundation from 2015 which looks at how caring roles affect personal health and wellbeing, and how digital skills and community support can help carers feel more included and independent.
  14. Digital inclusion for unpaid carers: To follow this up in 2016 Tinder Foundation produced this handbook which sets out straightforward ways to help unpaid carers gain digital skills. The handbook outlines common challenges, and provides tips and resources for helping carers gain digital skills in the community, to support their caring responsibilities and their own wellbeing.
  15. Social Care News

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