NHS Education for Scotland has published a Technology Enabled Care learning resource for health and social workers.
It has been developed to help them get to grips with technology such as wearable devices, home monitoring and video conferencing.
The move responds to a recommendation of the Supporting Scotland’s Workforce report and the resource is available free of charge to staff in NHS Scotland, local authorities, the voluntary and third sector and the housing sector.
Dorothy Wright, NES workforce director, said: “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.”
Margaret Whoriskey, Scottish Government head of technology enabled care and cigital healthcare Innovation said: “We commissioned this learning resource as part of a national approach to workforce learning and development.
“Scotland has an opportunity to digitally empower our workforce so they have the necessary knowledge and skills to embrace digital technologies to enhance their life, work and learning opportunities. Supporting a digitally confident workforce, who are able to help citizens take charge of their own health and care, empowering them to live, communicate and self-manage better will help provide an essential foundation for more integrated, effective and efficient public services.”
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