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NHS Digital has commissioned SCIE in partnership with market research agency, GfK, to gather insights into how the social work role can be supported, now and in the future, through the use of information and technology. Technological shifts have had far-reaching effects in recent years; however care and support systems…
People in North Wales who need treatment for an injury can now get up to the minute information on waiting times at the regions Minor Injuries Units and Emergency Departments. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has teamed up with the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust who have developed…
A computer game enabling trainee social workers to immerse themselves in a wide range of challenging situations is among a range of initiatives being developed by the University of Huddersfield, backed by the Departments of Health and Education, million-pound Social Work Teaching Partnerships. The major new policy of creating Social…
A new electronic mobile phone and tablet app developed by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and partners has been launched to improve information sharing and support for children and young people with autism. The ‘About Me’ app was created in response to feedback from young people with autism and…
Up to 1,500 offenders living in the community will be tracked by satellite under a trial of new tagging technology. The Ministry of Justice is to launch a pilot programme in two areas to test the use of GPS monitoring devices. Plans for the initiative were first announced earlier this…
A virtual nurse named Cora could save lives by preventing heart attacks, research suggests. The interactive avatar, on all smartphones or tablets, provides advice on warning signs and explains what to do in the event of a repeat attack. Patients who have had a first heart attack are at high…
A new electronic device the size of a mobile phone could transform aftercare for stroke patients and help them regain movement and control of their hands. The small bit of kit, which is being tested in medical trials, delivers a series of weak electrical shocks followed by an audible click…
A new computer test is helping doctors work out how long women with advanced ovarian cancer may survive. The test, developed by experts at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, highlighted a "staggering" difference between those patients who would live for five years or more and those who would…
The Department of Health has now opened bidding for the £25 million fund to help people with learning disabilities live independently. The fund is aimed at creating a range of housing and technology options for people with learning disabilities. This could include floor sensors to monitor for falls or finger-print…
Parents have been urged to take more of an interest in their children's online activities after a new study has found paedophiles can groom children in less than 20 minutes. Researchers at Swansea University looked at the language groomers use in chatrooms and on social media - and said the…
Data from health apps and wearable activity trackers such as Fitbits will feed directly into people's personal health records, the Health Secretary has announced. Jeremy Hunt said that a new list of NHS-approved health apps and other technology will be able to be linked directly into patient records. Speaking at…
A charity has called for a sea change in asthma care after research showed the condition costs the UK at least £1.1 billion each year. Asthma UK said a different approach making the best use of new technologies, such as smart inhalers, was needed urgently to ease the burden on…
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