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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…
People who are feeling low or depressed are being offered the opportunity to take part in a study exploring the effectiveness of a simple new therapy online. Behavioural Activation (BA) was recently found to be as effective as the “gold standard” talking treatment of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Now, researchers at…
Nesta, along with partners, the Department of Health, Alzheimer's Research UK, and Alzheimer’s Society, have this week announced the launch of Dementia Citizens, a platform that aims to bring together researchers and those affected by dementia to help find ways to improve care. There are 850,000 people with dementia in…
Innovative new technology is being developed by researchers to help people with autism read and understand text better. Figurative language, irony, sarcasm and phrases that may have more than one meaning are among the many challenges for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), leading to lower educational achievements. New web…
The Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Sussex recently hosted an innovative one-day workshop exploring the digital curriculum in social work education and practice. Funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and led by Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care, Dr Denise Turner (pictured),…
A new social enterprise, Creating Conversations, is launching an innovative activity kit at the University of Stirling to encourage creative activities among people living with dementia. The toolkit, developed by Artlink Central, a charity that offers artist-led participatory programmes to support people from disadvantaged groups, is an artist-designed group activity…
Organising and hosting events and conferences can involve a lot of administration. Conference programmes, and speaker and venue information need to be printed out and collated into delegate packs, which can be resource intensive and expensive. Given the popularity of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, there’s no reason…
Residential care for people in Wales with mental ill-health and learning disabilities is being supported by a new digital system, developed by the NHS Wales Informatics Service. The Commissioning Care Assurance Performance System (CCAPS) is designed for use by NHS and Local Authority Commissioners and helps them identify the best…
Wales' ground-breaking new IT system for health and social care has been switched on by Bridgend County Borough Council. This was the first implementation of the new Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS) system and the start of a process that will pave the way for Wales' other 21 local…
There is considerable optimism amongst policy-makers that greater use of digital health technologies ('telehealth') in combination with new ways of working could transform health care delivery, helping the NHS to be sustainable in the face of rising demand. But in a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers…
We all expect to have the right to enjoy life from beginning to end; to have fun, laugh and experience pleasurable, playful moments. But what if we are affected by a disease that adversely affects both memory and our perception of the world? What if this means we can no…
A student entrepreneur whose grandfather was debilitated by Parkinson's disease has created a mobility aid to improve the lives of other patients with the condition. Neha Shahid Chaudhry was inspired to invent a 'smart' walking stick after witnessing her late granddad struggle with the disease for seven years, repeatedly suffering…
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