The Digital First Digital Skills Inclusion project has a 2-year strategy to understand the areas of highest need across the county and work alongside voluntary and community organisations to support patients to use digital healthcare tools and learn about their functions and benefits to support self-care and manage wellbeing.
The project has set up a small grant process for voluntary and community organisations to apply to, to deliver support and access to digital healthcare tools (specifically NHS App, online consultations and NHS 111 Online) to their digitally excluded client base.
The implied benefits of this project include:
Amount available per organisation: Between £5,000 and £20,000. Organisations can work in partnership with others but the limit of the funding is £20,000 per project.
Application process: please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form.
Complete the application form with detail of the project that you will implement if successful. Please be mindful that the focus of the project needs to be digital healthcare tools (NHS App, Online Consultation, NHS 111 Online) although it is understood that basic digital skills may need to be promoted and supported too. All applications will be assessed against the success criteria on the application form and to be successful you must identify how you will support digitally excluded people and what you will do to support them. If you are not successful this time, it is hoped that the project can support further small grants later in the programme.
Timescales for applications: The grants will be advertised between Monday 13th June and Wednesday 20th July. Please submit your application before 5pm on Wednesday 20th July. Applications submitted after this date cannot be considered in this round.
Timescales of project: It is intended that successful grants will be awarded at the end of July 2022 and that the projects will be live between August 2022 and March 2023. You will submit project timescales in your application to include set up, delivery and evaluation. We will expect monthly data from each organisation and an evaluation at the end of March 2023. If the project is not running as expected, please discuss this with the Digital First project manager as soon as possible.
Contact to discuss project: Susie Goodbrand, Digital First project manager, Susie.Goodbrand@nhs.net