The team was nominated by five North West London MPs (quoted below), and has been active in local schools across various boroughs.
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PHOTO: Top left – Kwesi Afful; Top right – Saira Arif; Bottom left – Lucy Colleer; Bottom right – Carol Graham-Kitt
The NHS North West London’s Digital Citizen Education programme was nominated by five North West London MPs (Boris Johnson, John McDonnell, Mark Field, Virendra Sharma, and Gareth Thomas) for a Parliamentary Award in the Future NHS category. We can now confirm that the project has been shortlisted on behalf of London as a regional star.
The winners of the NHS Parliamentary Awards will be announced at a special ceremony on 10 July, at the Palace of Westminster. The full shortlist of regional winners is here.
The programme runs across all eight boroughs that make up North West London: Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, and Ealing.
What is the Digital Citizen Education programme?
The NHS in North West London trains volunteers to become ‘digital ambassadors’. These volunteers then go out and about in the community, with NHS support, speaking with community organisations including charities, libraries, and other target spots about how we can all use digital technology to get the best out of the NHS. This training is always free and always held in public spaces.
For anyone who doesn’t have an email address or a smartphone, the NHS also hosts Digital Healthy Hubs, to support people in learning how they can benefit from digital.
Digital Citizenship Education Programme also includes the Digital Healthy Schools programme, which offers all students and teachers in secondary schools access to a platform that teaches them about safe, approved apps they can use. This is free for schools in North West London, as the NHS has funded it for two years, as we know funding challenges for schools could potentially be a barrier to equity of access. As part of this work, students also learn about potential digital health career options. Nowerhill High School (Harrow), Alperton Community School (Brent), Heston Community School (Hounslow), Logic Studio School (Hounslow), and Lampton School (Hounslow) are among the schools to take part so far.
The five goals of the Digital Citizen Education Programme
Later this year, we will be inviting schools to go into care homes as part of an intergenerational project so that young people can talk to care home residents about digital health. As part of the care home project, we will trial – with meaningful consent from all involved – devices similar to Amazon Echo in the care homes to reduce social isolation.
Digital is vital to the NHS
Digital Citizen Education is vital to the long-term sustainability of health and social care services. By supporting people to look after themselves where they can, and to choose the most appropriate service for their needs when they do become unwell, we can make sure we’re putting NHS resources where they will do most good for patients – and providing much speedier, safer patient care at the same time.
KWESI AFFUL, Digital Citizen and Innovation Lead for the NHS in North West London said:
“It’s brilliant that so many of our local MPs across the political spectrum nominated the Digital Citizenship Education programme for this award – and we’re delighted to hear that we have now been shortlisted as regional winners.
“92% of the digital ambassadors say they are taking part to help others. It is all about helping people across all ages and background use digital technology to get the best out of the NHS.”
VIRENDRA SHARMA MP (Southall Ealing) SAID:
“I’m pleased and proud to support the NHS in Ealing by nominating the great work done by the Digital Citizenship Education team for a Parliamentary Award.
“Improving patient health and care through the use of digital technology is extremely important. I wish the team all the best at the ceremony on 10 July.”
MARK FIELD MP (Cities of London and Westminster) SAID:
“The Digital Citizenship Education programme runs across the whole of North West London, and it is extremely deserving of a Parliamentary Award in the Future NHS category.
“I’m very proud of the work the NHS is doing in my constituency to make better use of digital opportunities for patients.
“I wish them the best of luck at the awards.”
JOHN MCDONNELL MP (Hayes and Harlington) SAID:
“I was delighted to support the NHS in my constituency by nominating the Digital Citizenship Education programme for a Parliamentary Award this year.
“It’s vital that we take the time to recognise this above-and-beyond work that NHS staff do for patients – in this case, improving access to digital technology for all patients across backgrounds and ages.
“Good luck to the team for the awards on 10 July.”
BORIS JOHNSON MP (Uxbridge and South Ruislip) SAID:
“I’m proud to nominate the Digital Citizenship Education programme for a Parliamentary Award this year. The NHS in my constituency is doing important, innovative work to bring the benefits of digital technology into the lives of patients, and this programme is a great example of what we hope to see more of around the country in future.
“I wish NHS North West London CCGs the best of luck at the awards ceremony on 10 July.”
GARETH THOMAS MP (Harrow West) SAID:
“NHS staff in my constituency work very hard to make sure every patient gets the best possible care. The Digital Citizenship Education programme is about improving digital health access for all.
“Good luck to the team at the awards ceremony on 10 July.”
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