Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies (SCET) recently launched a National Palliative Care mobile application in collaboration with the NHS and Lead Clinicians.
Funded by the Scottish Governments SEEKIT programme, SCET is a collaborative venture between UWS, Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University seeking to foster effective partnerships between the Universities and Scottish SMEs.
Scotland’s first national guidelines for palliative care were launched in November 2014. These guidelines provide practical best-practice guidance spanning a range of common clinical issues. The guidelines have been developed in keeping with the AGREE criteria and have been supported by NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) who are responsible for the ongoing review and governance of the guidelines. You can view the guidelines at: http://www.palliativecareguidelines.scot.nhs.uk/
In 2014 a web and mobile version of the national guidelines was proposed to improve accessibility and a partnership was created with the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies and NHS NSS to deliver this.
The Palliative Care app was published in October 2015 in the Apple and Android app stores. You can access the Apps from here:
Both the app and the guidelines website provide a major resource to clinicians and a benefit to patients. The patient centred approach of the guidelines helps facilitate the development of an individualised plan of patient care that conforms to current government advice in relation to best practice at the end of life. The guidelines are also a useful educational resource that can be used for reference by clinicians both during personnel study but also during real time clinical work.
Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr David Gray said of the venture and his work with UWS:
“On behalf of the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines Steering Group I would like to express a huge thank you to UWS for the expertise and support given to produce the Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines App. The team at UWS expertly guided us through the development process and worked closely in partnership with IT colleagues from NHS Scotland. The team at UWS’s ability to work closely with NHS partners was clearly displayed in the technical work that enables the App to link directly to the main guidelines website based within NHS Scotland. There was clear professional respect between both the NHS and UWS IT teams that worked jointly on this project. The excellent team working between the UWS and colleagues in the NHS has led to shared learning for both and offers a great foundation on which further joint working could be based.”