CCGs sought as pathfinders to widen digital inclusion in health and social care

01 July 2017

The Good Things Foundation (GTF) has recently been commissioned by NHS Digital to begin a second phase of the national NHS Widening Digital Participation programme.

GTF's goal is to design new ways to help patients get the most out of digital, so that by the end of the programme there is a range of models for digital inclusion which can be adopted and adapted for use in other areas.

The plan is to support 20 local partnership pathfinders across the country over the next three years, each lasting one year, to design and test new ways to tackle digital exclusion and explore how to best support people who are likely to be the most digitally (and financially/socially) excluded. GTF is targeting areas of high digital and health exclusion, but spreading pathfinders across all four NHS regions and working with Online Centres and CCGs to build partnerships.

GTF is asking pathfinders to meet two sets of outcomes and core KPIs and identify ways to measure patient outcomes that cover:
• Increase in access to digital health services and information
• Improved health outcomes
• Reduced inappropriate use of health services
• Improved patient experience and satisfaction.

But most importantly, GTF wants pathfinders to develop a new model for digital inclusion in health. You can register your interest in becoming a Widening Digital Participation Pathfinder here.

More information is available here