Older Adult Psychiatric Wards – Increasing patient engagement through use of digital devices during Covid-19

Older adult psychiatric in-patient activities were significantly impacted by Covid-19 due to patient isolation and staff capacity.

Following the first ‘wave’, The Health Innovation Network (HIN), Getech Enterprise and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) trialled the use of Google Chrome patient devices with dementia-friendly content to support with increasing patient engagement.

The devices and activities were shown to add value to patient care and could be a helpful longer-term intervention to maximise activities and reduce isolation.

“ There were these glimmers of just bringing back their memories ”Trainee Clinical Psychologist, SLaM

Find out more about the findings, learnings and recommendations of this pilot in the report below, including:

  • Details on patient cohort involved
  • Reported ease of device setup
  • Usability for service users and staff
  • Device content
  • Service user satisfaction, as perceived by staff
  • Future use beyond Covid-19

You can also read about other evaluation work carried out at the Health Innovation Network in our Annual Report 2020/21.

Further information

Read the project learning report for full findings and recommendations. For queries please get in touch.

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