In this blog, Carol Sinclair explores how good quality health and social care data can improve health and care services. She discusses how the Data Strategy is helping to pave the way in improving gaps that exist in relation to health and care data.
Winning the Digital Health and Care Team Award
It has been another full on year for the Digital Health and Care Directorate responding to Covid-19 while also continuing to meet the ongoing urgent health and care needs of the country. So it was a wonderful surprise that our efforts did not go unnoticed at this year’s Holyrood Digital Health and Care Awards 2022 ceremony, held in Edinburgh on Tuesday the 22nd February.
Seven awards for seven different categories were up for grabs and we were delighted to win the Digital Health and Care Team Award. This is clear recognition of our efforts over the past year and demonstrates our collaborative and innovative approach to caring for people. It was also recognition of the unprecedented strides made in the digital field in our NHS Boards and across health and social care, and housing over the last two years. We want to thank all of our partners who have been instrumental in this.
The awards ceremony
Quite a few of the team were there on the night to celebrate. For many it was emotional being reunited after so long. It was also the first time for some to meet colleagues in person, making the event even more special. It was also fantastic to see other organisations and teams across health and social care being recognised. Many of whom we work closely with and we are really appreciative of their efforts and want to congratulate everyone who was shortlisted and who also won an award.
While it feels great to be recognised for our hard work, it won’t stop here. We are committed to continue on this journey, ensuring we meet our ambitions as set out in our refreshed Digital Health and Care Strategy published in October last year. These include: an increased focus on enabling digital inclusion and access to services; building our digital leadership and workforce skills and capabilities; building the foundations and infrastructure to increase resilience across services and traditional boundaries and; ensuring that we make better use of data.
We are currently busy developing Scotland’s first dedicated Data Strategy for Health and Social Care and are nearing the end of the first round in our extensive programme of engagement. You can keep updated on our progress via our Data Strategy Working Group site, where you can access the minutes of each Working Group meeting: Digital Health and Care Data Strategy Working Group – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
Look out for our monthly blogs: Health and Social Care Health and Social Care – Scottish Government Blog (blogs.gov.scot)
If you would like further information on either the Digital Health and Care Strategy or the development of the Data Strategy for Health and Social Care, please contact Zoe Rohde (Communication and Content Manager) Zoe.Rohde@gov.scot
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