CAPSS webinar

On 16 February, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance System (CAPSS) will host its third webinar: a presentation by Professor Alka Ahuja, “Connecting, Connectivity and CAMHS”.

In March 2020, TEC Cymru was asked to support the coronavirus response by implementing a national programme of remote consultations.

CWTCH (Connecting with Telehealth to Communities and Hospitals), a Health Foundation funded project in CAMHS, was used as an exemplar to roll out remote consultations across Wales.

A data-driven approach was taken, and the findings are challenging - this is because patients, carers and families were asked what they thought too.

Using a phased approach, TEC Cymru have mixed methods data from more than 50,000 patients and clinicians using the service. Data will be shared in this webinar which challenges current accepted beliefs about health inequality and digital exclusion, describes user experience and expectations, and highlights some of the challenges and opportunities of using digital innovations in delivering health and social care.

In particular, this webinar will focus on:

  • learning from the national roll out and implementation of technology-enabled care during COVID-19
  • evaluation, including benefits, challenges, and emerging evidence (from a mental and physical health perspective).
  • digital inclusion
  • embedding learning and moving forward.

Professor Alka Ahuja MBE is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

Alka is the National Clinical lead for the Welsh Government Technology Enabled Care Programme.  She is also the vice chair of the Child and Adolescent Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Public Education lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales.

Alka is also a Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales, and an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University. Her expertise is in qualitative research methodology and her areas of special interest include neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and ADHD, service user and carer involvement in healthcare services, and employment of digital technology in healthcare.

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