Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes awards digital inclusion contract

NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Scientific Commissioning Group (CCG) has awarded We Are Digital a contract to conduct a digital inclusion evaluate.

The evaluate is a part of a wider programme to make sure equality of digital entry for sufferers throughout the area following the Covid-19 pandemic.

It’ll assess the providers accessible to digitally excluded teams on this space, together with entry to Wi-Fi, specializing in these dwelling independently however in supported lodging, comparable to hostels and sheltered dwelling amenities. These teams embody the aged, decrease revenue teams, the homeless, unemployed residents, the disabled, these with few academic {qualifications}, and people whose first language isn’t English.

As a part of the CCG’s Digital First Programme, the evaluate can even assess the free choices accessible to the general public to get on-line, figuring out gaps within the area’s digital expertise training providers.

Mark Peedle, head of digital at NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG, stated: “On account of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was a nationwide shift to offering well being providers digitally.

“Understanding digital inclusion and its position in delivering well being equality is a precedence, as is rising consciousness of current providers that may improve digital inclusion going ahead.

“This evaluate will collect beneficial perception to steer the event of future digital programmes and tasks to that may guarantee affected person equality for digital entry.”

We Are Digital is a social affect enterprise, which has helped hundreds of individuals entry important on-line providers and handle their money owed throughout the pandemic via its coaching work with housing associations, native authorities, banks and corporates.

Matt Adam, chief government at We Are Digital, added: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the BLMK CCG [NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group] to raised perceive the communication wants of residents on this are.

“The evaluate will present info and information that may be shared with the broader well being economic system to assist inform future digital inclusion work.”

A March 2021 version of the Digital Well being Unplugged podcast seemed on the matter of digital inclusion.

Host Andrea Downey spoke to Helen Milner, CEO Good Issues Basis; Surriya Walters, digital social inclusion outreach supervisor Good Issues Basis; and Peter Nuckley, deputy director mHabitat about their work with NHS Digital on enhancing digital participation.

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