DISH: Testing phase continues

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At out latest partner Consortium Meeting, on 9th and 10th September (held online again!) it was great to see that many of the partners had been able to make progress with the training. The DISH project is in the testing phase, where the three DISH concepts are being used in practice within hospitals and other test sites. The COVID-19 crisis has been a huge challenge for many innovation and development projects, but especially for the DISH project as it is implemented within the healthcare sector, which continues to be under extreme pressure, so training activities are not very high on the agenda, and it has been difficult to get into contact with relevant stakeholders.

In some partner countries, the three DISH concepts have been implemented, and the goal of setting up five test sites and training 100 health and social care professionals has been achieved. In other countries, the COVID-19 pandemic has created more challenges and no staff training has been held. By now, most countries, including the UK, have established Learning Innovation Units, have prepared test sites, and are ready to launch them when the circumstances allow it.

DISH (Digital & Innovation Skills Helix in Health) is a European project, which focuses on digital competencies needed among healthcare professionals when they need to apply new technological solutions in their work. The eHealth Cluster is a partner in the UK Triple Helix partnership of the DISH project, with Edge Hill University (EHU), and  led by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).