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Supporting Scotland’s Workforce: Technology Enabled Care

Over the last ten years, digital technologies have revolutionised the way we access and deliver services and the growing impact on health and care services is evident. With the ongoing transformation and integration of health and social care services, partnership working across acute care, community care, and third and private sectors is increasing. Innovative models of care – with increased access to information, advice, care and support – further empower people to self-manage their own health and wellbeing and live well and safely at home or in the community.

2014 witnessed the launch of the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme to deliver digital transformation of health and care services at-scale, and improve health, care and wellbeing outcomes. With investment at around £30 million for three years, initial objectives were around the expansion, integration and sustainable use of TEC within health, housing and care services.

At a national level, the TEC Programme Board oversees the development and delivery of the TEC Programme and TEC services throughout Scotland. At an operational level, the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT)4 (embedded within NHS 245) drives transformational change and service redesign to improve outcomes for the people of Scotland, through the promotion and use of technology enabled care.