"The Digital Champion Awards will recognise the contribution that individuals and groups have made, to encouraging members of their local community to engage with digital tools and technology."
NHS partner digihealthwell and Wavemaker, digital engagement specialists, are delighted to announce the launch of the Digital Champion in Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Awards.
New for 2021, the awards will commend individuals and community groups for their contributions towards engaging local people in the use of digital technology, to manage their healthcare and improve their wellbeing.
The last year has seen huge changes to the way that health and social care professionals work, and carry out day-to-day tasks, altering the way that care, support, and services are delivered within health and social care settings and community services.
As a result, new ways of working have been implemented in order to maintain contact with patient and service users, and this has been possible through the use of digital technology and digital tools for communication.
With this in mind, the Digital Champion Awards will recognise the contribution that individuals and groups have made, to encouraging members of their local community to engage with digital tools and technology.
Confidence in using digital tools can have an extremely positive impact on people, improving their employability, social mobility and health and wellbeing. Digital Champions effectively inform people, who might otherwise be hard to reach, about the advantages and benefits of digital and Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS), to help them make the most of digital technologies in their everyday lives.
Entries are encouraged from people who live or work in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire, and entrants can nominate themselves or others.
There will be three categories included:
· Digital Champion in the Community: this category is for health community and patient or user-based entries, for people who have helped others to use digital technology to aid their health and wellbeing.
· Digital Champion Practitioner: this category is for health and social care practitioners, who have helped patients, service users or neighbours to start using digital technology for their health and wellbeing.
· Digital Champion Leader: this category is for those who have lead innovation and encouraged local people and colleagues to adopt digital technologies to aid everyday living, support wellbeing and encourage digital inclusion.
Entries will be reviewed by a judging panel consisting of a community leader, a digital inclusion and upskilling expert and NHS and local council representatives.
Winners will receive a Digital Champion award along with a £200 voucher. Notable entrants will receive Digital Champion medals and a £50 voucher, while all runners-up will be entered into a draw to win a £20 voucher.
Applications will open on the 7th of April, and are accessible via the Wavemaker website: https://www.wavemaker.org.uk/digital-champion-awards
Applications will close on the 28th of April, and winners will be announced on the 12th of May.