Good Things Foundation is running a three-year programme - Widening Digital Participation - funded by NHS Digital. The programme - which will run from April 2017 to March 2020 - follows Phase 1 which was delivered between 2013 and 2016.
Widening Digital Participation aims to reduce digital exclusion in the UK, and ensure people have the skills they need to access relevant health information and health services online. The programme will particularly focus on developing interventions and models that support the furthest first.
The programme will work with 20 Pathfinder projects across England, Projects will be focussed on working in partnership across an area, working with local authorities, NHS Testbeds, Vanguards, Health and Wellbeing boards, Public Health England and other local initiatives.
Phase 1 of the NHS Widening Digital Participation Programme
Phase 1 of the programme used local community networks to support the use of expert online content, through Health Flagship centres and a wider Digital Health Information Network.
The programme ran from September 2013 to March 2016 and used local community networks to support the use of expert online content. Our Health Flagship centres developed and trialled innovative new ways to engage people in digital health, while the wider Digital Health Network helped people throughout the UK to improve their digital skills and access health information online.
387,470 people were reached through the phase 1 of the programme, raising awareness of digital health resources.
221,941 people have been trained to improve their digital health literacy since the beginning of the programme.
8,138 volunteers have been trained to support the programme.
"The organisations we work with reach people that others can’t - they’re hyper-local, trusted, and able to adapt learning to people’s needs. They are vital to helping us meet our ambition of a world where everyone can benefit from digital, and Good Things Foundation is committed to supporting them to transform lives.”
Helen Milner OBE, Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation