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Briggs welcomes new RCN report on mobile technology for district nurses.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, is welcoming the publication of a new report from RCN Scotland into developing mobile technology for district nurses in Scotland. The “Enhanced care in the palm of their hand: Developing mobile technologies for Scotland’s district nursing teams” report makes a number of key recommendations which the RCN believe will help district nurses work more effectively with patients. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion about the report.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ District nurses are a key part of the NHS and do great work in communities across Scotland supporting patients at home and in care homes.

“ The development of a robust mobile tech system for district nurses to use has the potential to further improve patient care, for example by allowing nurses to access patient records at the point of care or involving patients by showing them videos and apps.

“ This report indicates that investment and training will be required to develop a system for district nursing teams that is fit for purpose and I hope the report will inform the Scottish Government as it prepares to publish its new Digital Health and Social Care Strategy later this year.”

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* Please see below a copy of the motion as tabled by Miles today.

Motion Number: S5M-07215
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 22/08/2017

Title: New RCN Scotland Report

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of a new report by RCN Scotland, Enhanced care in the palm of their hand: Developing mobile technologies for Scotland’s district nursing teams, which argues how improved mobile technologies can support district nursing teams work more effectively with people at home and in care homes, lead to support system efficiencies and bring better health outcomes; is aware that it was informed by interviews with district nurses and community nursing managers from seven NHS boards, as well as academics; understands that it suggests that the development of fit-for-purpose mobile technology for community nursing is still in its early stages in many areas and makes a number of recommendations on what is required to progress matters; considers that district nurses play a vital role in communities and can be enabled through the use of modern digital technology to make an even greater contribution, and hopes that the report both informs the Scottish Government’s forthcoming digital health and social care strategy and leads to enhanced care across the country.

Miles Briggs