Dementia project shows digital technology can make a life-changing difference
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- NHS Digital’s three-year Widening Digital Participation programme (WDP) aims to help thousands of people across the UK to boost their digital health skills, as one in 10 people in England lack the confidence and skills to fully benefit from digital, and in turn from the improvements to their health. The programme is focusing on those who are socially excluded and so are most likely to suffer from health inequalities.
- The pathfinders are partnerships between local organisations including Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities and community groups in areas of high deprivation and digital exclusion. The evidence and insights gathered through these pilot projects have been developed into practical ‘How to Guides’ that can be shared with digital teams in the NHS and across Government to ensure all digital health services and tools are inclusive and accessible to everyone – particularly the most excluded.
The evaluation report on the Leeds Dementia Pathfinder is on the Good Things Foundation's Digital Health Lab website (www.digital-health-lab.org) along with other reports and resources from the Widening Digital Participation Programme.
- Good Things Foundation is a social change charity, helping people to improve their lives through digital. Through more than 5,000 Online Centres in communities across the UK, Good Things Foundation helps people gain the support and skills they need to change their lives for the better. Good Things Foundation believes that everyone in the UK should have the confidence, skills, support and access to use digital technology, participate in society and benefit from the digital world.
- 100% Digital Leeds is a citywide digital inclusion programme led by Leeds City Council with partners across public, private and third sectors. Working together, 100% Digital Leeds aims to ensure everyone in the city has everything they need to make the most of the online world. More information is at www.digitalinclusionleeds.com
- At the start of the Leeds Dementia Pathfinder, carers were asked what support might benefit them, which enabled the pathfinder team to buy the most useful equipment and plan effective ways of working.
- Carers Leeds is an independent charity that gives specialist and tailored support, advice and information to unpaid carers aged over 16. Established in 1996, their team of expert support workers are dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of carers in Leeds.
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