It is anticipated that course delegates will use the course to develop a planned project, plan, implement and evaluate it, with mentored support from course tutors and external champions. We encourage appropriate projects to be selected and developed in conjunction with your organisation, so that the impact should be maximised, and we would expect that projects will have a high chance of success beyond the lifetime of the course.
Here are some comments from health and social care professionals who started this course in April 2016:
“The Digital Health course has been of benefit to me in both understanding technology available and the processes for implementation. In collaboration with patients I have explored and am implementing technology that will contribute to improved self-management of their long term conditions.” Relationship Manager, Lancashire Care
“The opportunity to study for the Digital Health Course has been great and I have really enjoyed the learning to date. Working for a Housing Association I have enjoyed engaging with colleagues from Health and Social Care and gaining a better understanding of how the different sectors can work together. The academic approach has also made me challenge the way I evidence other work/ projects which is benefitting my wider work day to day.” Performance Manager, Riverside Group
“The course has provided a motivational and inspirational opportunity to explore technology and its use in healthcare, at a time when innovation is becoming an expected part of healthcare delivery, from front line staff through to senior management. It’s been great to have had an opportunity, through the course, to deliver a technology-based service enhancement as a front line clinician. As mature students with demanding jobs, families and other commitments, the academic staff have provided a really supportive environment, acknowledging the importance of our work-life balance and emphasising not only the academic achievements we are working toward, but the practical implications of delivering projects that enhance healthcare delivery.” Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioner, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
“The Digital Health course has introduced me to a refreshing group of like-minded individuals from many different backgrounds, who all have a fascination for using technology within our working lives. The academic staff have been very supportive with our ideas and projects and have been available to provide support both during the University days and remotely.” Community Physiotherapist, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
“The successful implementing of digital technology in healthcare settings has the potential to release efficiencies across the entire spectrum of care, in Primary Care, Community services and Acute settings. Since enrolling on the course with University of Cumbria I have been exposed to leading edge thinking in this vital area. I have been able to network with new contacts from the world of health and social care and beyond. Courses like this are a crucial part of helping NHS Trusts and other healthcare user services start to understand the possibilities and opportunities that the use of digital technology can offer them”. Telehealth and Telemedicine Development Lead, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.