mPower finalist for Technology Tools European Social Services Award.

Posted by Cate Thompson on 11th November 2020

mPower is delighted to announce that the work done by the Western Isles team in rolling out NHS Near Me to all Care Homes in the region has been shortlisted for the European Network European Social Services Awards – Technology Tools category.

Please vote for us here https://essa-eu.org/vote-now/

Shortly after the first lockdown started in April this year, the mPower team in the Western Isles started work to connect those who were at risk of becoming the most isolated and successfully managed to roll out NHS Near Me to all 10 of the Islands’ Care Homes. Working closely with the local Council, the team were able to arrange the delivery of tablet devices and provide support to Care Home Managers to get the platform set up. NHS Near Me is a safe and secure video calling platform so that GPs can have a safe consultation with their patients and residents can see their families, which is especially critical for wellbeing at this time.

Sue Long, mPower Implementation Lead said “We’ve been told that after being shown how to use the tablet, one resident was so excited about seeing his family over a video call that he barely slept the night before”. 

It is fantastic to see this work being recognised on the wider stage and to know that the lessons learned will be implemented across nations. As a result of this initial project similar work has already happened within Northern Ireland and is ongoing elsewhere within Scotland.

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