Satellite Sessions

Scotland's Digital Health and Care Event DigiFest, had a different format this year. A series of virtual workshops (satellite sessions) took place each week during November, leading up to a two-day conference on 1 and 2 December 2021.  
The satellite sessions are now available to view on-demand - registration is not required to view.

The sessions are being delivered with participation by a range of organisations working to deliver digitally enabled services. DigiFest Steering Group members coordinated the satellite sessions.

The organisations involved are:

Digital and the social care workforce

Monday 1 November   Watch recording on demand
Theme: The session explored the role of digital in supporting, developing and recruiting the social care workforce.
Attendees heard insights and learning from the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) Digital programme, from CCPS members including Carr Gomm, Quarriers and Aberlour, organisations which are using digital to recruit, support wellbeing and inclusion, and develop staff. Attendees also heard from researchers at Strathclyde and St Andrews Universities, about research underway exploring workforce participation in the development of new digital approaches supporting the delivery of care and support.
  • Digital Inclusion & The Digital Ambassador [PDF]
  • Supporting our workforce through digital changes [PDF]
  • The Care Necessities:Developing Inclusive Digital Technologies for Scotland’s Post Pandemic Social Care [PDF]

Professional Recognition in digital health and social care

Monday 1 November   Watch the recording on demand
Theme: Why is professional recognition important in digital health and social care careers? What can people gain from professional membership of groups such as BCS, FEDIP, FCI and CHIME.
Careers spanning digital health and social care include IT professionals, healthcare professionals and social care professionals. Professional registration underpins healthcare professional careers placing expectations on continuing professional development, codes of ethics and standards for professional practice. 
The Cliff Edge Approaches - Delivering Digital Telecare Transformation in Scotland
Tuesday 9 November   Watch the recording on-demand
Theme: Learning through transition
  • Progress on the Digital Telecare transformation in Scotland
  • Digital Telecare Implementation Award Scheme
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • The 2023 stop-sell and how the Digital Telecare Programme is ensuring the sector in Scotland is prepared
This session outlined the important work being undertaken by the Digital Telecare Programme to support telecare service providers in Scotland through the digital telecare transformation, celebrating achievements and exploring the challenges services have faced in implementing digital telecare.  Including an update on the programmes underway to manage the approaching national stop-sell of analogue telephony in 2023, and onwards to the ultimate switch-off of analogue telephony in 2025. 
Contributors from Digital Office for Scottish Local Government:
Martyn Wallace – Chief Digital Officer
Colin Birchenall – Chief Technology Officer
David Brown – Business Relations Manager
Colin McFadyen – Senior Project Manager
Thomas Ozers – Senior Project Manager


Human Rights Principles for Digital Health and Social Care

Wednesday 17 November *Link to recording to be added*‚Äč
Theme: People at the Centre of digital health and care
This session provided updates on the work which has been undertaken during 2021 around human rights principles and digital health and social care. The session showcased practical examples from across health and social care sectors where human rights principles have been embedded into the very foundations of how digital services are designed and delivered.
Chaired by:
Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care
Chris Mackie, ALISS Programme Manager,  the ALLIANCE
Carmen Paputa-Dutu, Digital Health and Care Lead, the ALLIANCE
Gordon Johnston, Director of Voices Of eXperience Scotland
Dr Tara French, Head of Strategy and Transformation, Highland Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Highland
Catriona Jamieson, Projects Development Lead, PAMIS
Hannah Reynolds, Digital Inclusion Manager, Glasgow Disability Alliance
Dr Scott Cunningham, Technical Lead, My Diabetes My Way

Embedding user voices in accessible digital service design - ALISS

Wednesday 17 November *Link to recording to be added*
Theme: People at the Centre of digital health and care
The potential for user research is increasingly discussed in relation to digital health and care development. The session, hosted by ALISS, included a short presentation about embedding seldom heard user voices and experience in research and why this is essential for digital health and care service delivery. The presentation was followed by an insightful conversation with people living with sensory loss and dementia about how to ensure their voices are heard and reflected in the design of accessible digital services.
Katherine Long, User Researcher, the ALLIANCE
Chris Mackie, ALISS Programme Manager, the ALLIANCE
Adam Lodge, Project Officer, Dare to Dream & Touching Lives, Deafblind Scotland
Leanne Tuckwood, Deafblind member
Martin Robertson, Digital Citizen’s Panel member with About Dementia, Age Scotland
Kirin Saeed, visual impairment campaigner

Living Labs in Digital Health and Care

Thursday 25 November   Watch the recording on demand
Theme: Innovating in a Living Lab Environment
International perspectives shared from the University of Agder Norway, Belgium, Galicia, the University of Strathclyde and the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre in Scotland.
Living Labs are an exciting method of gaining insights for scaling new services by blending Real World Evidence (RWE) with practical implementation experience. The DHI hosted this session in order to share learning from local and international experts and highlight the assets which Scotland already has in place to support the further expansion of Living Labs.
The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre also launched their Call to Action - to encourage participation and collaboration to develop a network of Twinning Living Labs.
Janette Hughes (Chair), Director of Planning & Performance, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre
Santiago Gil Martinez - University of Agder - Living Labs in Norway
Gisela Garcia-Alvarez - Living Labs in Spain (Galicia)
University of Strathclyde – Urban Living Labs
Ingrid Adriaensen - Business Manager, LiCalab, Belgium 

Digitally supported citizens

Thursday 25 November   Watch the recording on demand  Download slides [PDF]
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation's (SCVO) Place-based Participation programme is a test-and-learn piece of work, the purpose of which is to help to put communities at the heart of understanding and supporting their own digital inclusion needs.
By empowering and enabling places to lead their digital journeys, the team hope to help create stronger and more sustainable approaches to community planning, health and connectivity - among many other outcomes. 
Claire Sharp and Jason Railton, Digital Inclusion Development Officers, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Hospital @ Home

Thursday 9 December   Watch the recording on demand
Bringing together Global Thought Leaders to share best practice, lessons learned and a view of what the future should look like.
Chaired by:
Janette Hughes (Chair), Director of Planning & Performance, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre
David Levine – Keynote, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
Daniel Lasserson, University of Warwick. Clinical Lead - Acute Hospital at Home, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and
Hospital at Home Society, England
Leanne Marshall-Wood, NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Astrid van der Velde, Isala Hospital, Netherlands
Alan Lillie, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, Scotland

ADLIFE-SCIROCCO Webinar: How important is digital maturity when implementing integrated healthcare systems?

Thursday 9 December   Watch the recording on demand
Theme: Understanding the level of digital maturity of health and social care authorities is an integral part of evaluating readiness and capacity to adopt integrated digital care solutions.
This collaborative webinar was delivered by the SCIROCCO Exchange project and the ADLIFE project teams. SCIROCCO Exchange aims to support health and social care authorities in the adoption and scaling-up of integrated care and the ADLIFE project is an EU-Funded research and innovation project focused on digital integrated and personal care aimed at improving experiences for patients, carers and clinicians. To find out more about ADLIFE - go to the Resources section on this website. 
For DigiFest the SCIROCCO Exchange team outlined the concept of digital maturity and the way that the SCIROCCO Exchange Tool is being used to identify the maturity of healthcare systems for Integrated Care. The ADLIFE project team presented an overview of this programme of work within the context of both digitised integrated care and digitally mature of systems.
Chaired by:
Dr Lisa McCann, Senior Lecturer in Digital Health & Care, University of Strathclyde
Dr Andrea Pavlickova, International Engagement Manager, Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government
Dr Esteban de Manuel, ADLIFE Chief Investigator, Director, Kronikgune Institute for Health Services Research, Basque Country
Omar Khan, Software Developer, Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick
Prof Theodoros N. Arvanitis, Director, Institute of Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick