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New Technology Enabled Care learning resource launched

Technology plays a critical role in 21st century health and care. With 66 per cent of people living with at least one long-term condition by the age of 65, it is more important than ever before that health and social care staff use technology such as wearable devices, home monitoring and video-conferencing to help improve people’s care and quality of life.


The use of technology empowers people to manage their health and care and is seen as part of the response to increasing demands on the care sector, hospital and GP services, challenging NHS, local government and other organisation finances and pressures on the workforce to deliver better care closer to home.

That’s why a new ‘Introduction to Technology Enabled Care’ (TEC) learning resource has been developed to address the recommendation for a national approach to learning and development from the research report – ‘Supporting Scotland’s Workforce’.

The learning resource is available free of charge and is aimed at staff in the health and care sector who work in NHSScotland, local authorities, the voluntary/third sector, the independent (private) sector and/or housing.

The resource helps staff understand how technology can be used to:

• Improve health, care and wellbeing outcomes for people and their carers.
• Encourage people to improve and manage their own health and care and stay independent and safe.
• Improve communication between people and the staff who support their health and care needs.
• Capture and share information effectively to help staff provide person-centred health and care services.

Dorothy Wright, NES Workforce Director said:

“Health and wellbeing technology is transforming our ability to empower people to participate in their own care, improving access to quality healthcare services and information. At the same time it supports more integrated and effective public services to help improve the patient experience and health of our citizens.

“Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy highlights the importance of digital skills across the whole health and care sector. It is important that staff have the knowledge and skills to work confidently with technology to support people manage their own health better, helping improve health, care and wellbeing outcomes.

“We are proud of the work we do at NHS Education for Scotland developing and delivering education and training for the health and care workforce. The development of this first national learning module will help build our workforce digital health and care knowledge and skills to ensure that the people of Scotland get the best healthcare possible from a well-trained workforce.”

Margaret Whoriskey, Scottish Government Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation said:

“We commissioned this learning resource as part of a national approach to workforce learning and development.

“Scotland has an opportunity to digitally empower our workforce so they have the necessary knowledge and skills to embrace digital technologies to enhance their life, work and learning opportunities. Supporting a digitally confident workforce, who are able to help citizens take charge of their own health and care, empowering them to live, communicate and self-manage better will help provide an essential foundation for more integrated, effective and efficient public services.”

The learning resource is available on the Turas learning platform .

‘Supporting Scotland’s Workforce’ is available to download.

The Scottish Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme was launched in 2014 with a specific remit to further improve outcomes for individuals through the application of technology, as an integral part of quality cost-effective care and support. Initial objectives included the expansion, integration and the sustainable use of TEC resources within health, housing and care services. With investment of around £25 million for three years, achievements have included the funding of 23 organisations and the delivery of TEC learning events.

Reference: PR2018-032

Technology Enabled Care E-module