Connecting Care bulletin - November 2015

We round-up of the best technology and social care news from the last few weeks. This bulletin is produced by Lasa for our Department of Health funded Connecting Care community project. Follow us @LasaICT.

  1. Connecting Care news from Lasa

  2. IT Health checks: we can help you plan and implement technology changes that could help you save time and money and deliver more effective services. You can also download our handy 10 Top Tips for making better use of technology in health and social care. This is what one organisation we have worked with had to say.

    "Your time spent with us has definitely paid off so thank you. We have introduced Office 365 so all of our work is now stored in the Cloud and every member of staff has access to a One Drive account. So all in all we are very pleased with what we have achieved to date." (Residential Learning Disabilities Centre).

    Digital 'show and tell' events: If you are a small charity providing social care to older people we can show your staff and volunteers how to make use of tablet devices to support independent living.

    Contact us through the Connecting Care website if you'd like to find out some more about how we can help you with a health check or run a FREE session like this with your organisation.
  3. Technology News for Social Care Organisations

  4. While software developments will not replace frontline staff they strip a lot of cost out of social care processes. This article by Richard Pantlin shows how technology through Apps and in Self Service and Self Assessment can help.
  5. Technology now allows citizens to monitor their health and activity levels by themselves through mobile apps (Mhealth), telehealth (Flo) or wearable technology. The need to take up valuable clinician time to take basic health readings is no longer necessary. Digital Health Stoke on Trent have a great collection of Continued Professional Development resources including example protocols, shared management plans, consent forms, patient leaflets, check lists, toolkits and handbooks.
  6. If you aren't sure how to approach technology change in your organisation, the first link below is to a new guide which draws on the experiences of a number of charities and provides useful tips to evaluation what to consider. To help Trustees think strategically about technology transformation, see the second link.
  7. What trustees need to know about digital transformation 
  8. Data protection is a crucial consideration for charities, but this has recently taken on even more importance as Europe’s highest court last month struck down a “safe harbour” agreement that currently allows European citizens’ data to be transferred to the US. The ruling’s impact on the social media sites and companies that rely on the unencumbered flow of their subscribers’ data will be earth-shattering.

    The New EU Data Protection Directive will also expand current definitions of “personal data”, and “data subject”, which organisations should be aware of. Oxfam have produced a Responsible Data Policy which is a good guide to use, but also it is suggested that all contracts with cloud providers should be checked, asking where their data centres are and where they’re backed up to ensure data is adequately protected.
  9. If you're a person who finds it easier to see statistics presented as a picture rather than a table then this new graphic from the Tinder Foundation illustrates the benefits of increased digital use and the potential cost savings of being more digital.
  10. Living Well in the Digital Age

  11. A heritage project coming to Norfolk aims to help elderly people at risk of isolation and “reconnect them with the local community”, by using pictures from a bygone era. H/T @johnpopham
  12. Increasing numbers of older people are turning to social networking to feel less isolated, according to new research. 35 per cent of adults aged 65 and over are actively using social media, compared to just 11 per cent in 2010, read the story by Tony Watts, chair of the South West Forum on Ageing and see the full report here.
  13. And the Centre for Ageing Better which officially launches on December 2nd will hopefully build the use of digital ideas and technology into it's work plan to really help older people live well.
  14. On December 8th Age Action Alliance are having their first Twitter Chat on the subject of "Stop making it complex! – Keeping technology simple to overcome loneliness and isolation". The chat will take place on Twitter from 4.30pm using the Hashtag #AAAChat. Please follow along or join in!. More details about how it works can be found on their blog.
  15. Pensioners in Leeds are among the first in the country to test out a groundbreaking social network aimed at combating social isolation and bridging the digital divide. Read more: 
  16. Apps & Social Media

  17. The eHI Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham earlier in November was a good opportunity to see what's new and innovative in the world of digital health & social care. The Social Media Village was always busy with speakers talking about how social media is an essential part of any organisation. This post sets out reason why this is so with tips, connections and reflections.
  18. None of us have time NOT to use social media. My blog from the social media village at #ehilive 
  19. If you care for a relative with dementia life can seem very isolating. Social media can be a great way to find other carers, and there's a wonderful community on Twitter who support each other, share tips and good practice and lighten the day with comments, photos and light-hearted banter. This guide from Dementia Challengers provides some simple information about getting started.
  20. How to use Twitter & Fb - a guide for carers of relatives with #dementia to help them access online support 
  21. Disability Innovations is a blog series from Scope that gathers some of the most interesting new products and services that aim to make disabled people’s lives easier. This blog from Sharon at Scope focusses on technology and apps she finds useful.
  22. We always like to feature new apps that can help people to enjoy life and continue to interact with family and friends. We have a full list on the Connecting Care website here.

    Two new entrants this month are @memorygapp which links sounds and images to capture memories, and ...
  23. ... Re-MindMe Care which is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, online dementia care system and community; for home and formal carers, carehomes and administrators. There are paid and free versions available. The product was recently launched in London, watch the video here.
  24. Training, Events and Consultations

  25. If you are free on December 1st and anywhere in the Leeds area we can recommend this event which is an informal 'show and tell' session covering the latest inspiring ways technology is being used by patients and communities. It's free too!
  26. On the Skills Platform there is a new and free On-line Dementia Training course developed by Skills For Health and the University of Worcester. This course format is through on-line video chapters which include tuition and case studies. It takes just over an hour and a half to complete and is assessed.
  27. Also see our Noticeboard for a rounds up of forthcoming Care Roadshows, etc.
  28. Discounted, donated and volunteered technology support

  29. If you are looking for skilled IT volunteers the REACH website, enables charities to connect with skilled volunteers offering help on technology, marketing and communications, finance and so on.

    Charity IT Association - need an IT volunteer? If you have an IT project needing help to get it off the ground - a website, database, setting up WiFi, etc - volunteer IT professionals can be a good resource. Get started with a free 2 hour consultation with an IT professional via the Charity IT Association and partners. Book here.

    Technology Trust: Software and web services donated to registered charities by Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec and many others. Find out more about the work of the Technology Trust below.
  30. Low cost computers and laptops: Two providers working closely with the voluntary sector are Happus and Computer Recyclers who both provide low-cost 2nd user PCs to charities and individuals on benefits. Deals start on PCs from £99 and Laptops from £149. Accessible keyboards, discount price broadband packages and tablet devices are also offered.

    Computer Recyclers are also part of the Microsoft backed 'Get On-line At Home Scheme'. See ...
  31. Thanks

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  33. ... we'll leave you with this amusing link we found this month. Thank You.