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New findings reveal NHS initiative to get vulnerable people online has dramatically improved their health and well being and reduced demand for front line services

 

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New findings reveal NHS initiative to get vulnerable people online has dramatically improved their health and well being and reduced demand for front line services

A report shows an NHS programme to train vulnerable people to use the internet has led to over half feeling more confident to manage their health, 21% making fewer calls or visits to their GP and 6% making fewer trips to A&E.

This behaviour change is estimated to have saved the NHS £6 million in avoided GP and A&E visits in just 12 months.

As a result of the Widening Digital Participation programme, run by NHS England and Tinder Foundation, 59% of learners report feeling more confident to use online tools to manage their health, 65% feel more informed and 52% say they feel less lonely with 62% saying they feel happier as a result of social contact, an important indicator for overall well being. More.....