On 28 March 2019 People in Health West of England and Bristol Health Partners ran a new training session for patients and public contributors to learn about digital health and use of data.

The workshop gave an overview of how digital technology and data are being used in health and care and what this means for patients. Participants were introduced to the concepts by local speakers and had the opportunity to share their thoughts through interactive games and discussions.

The aim was for participants to be better informed to contribute to conversations on data and digital service design and development. Feedback from the day was really positive with all respondents rating the training as either ‘very good‘ or ‘good‘ in improving knowledge of digital health and uses of data. You can read more detailed feedback in the report below.

“Thanks for making it understandable for non-technical people”

“Invigorating, stimulating, exciting day; thank you”

As far as we know, it is the first training of its kind in the UK. The workshop was designed by John Kellas (Community Innovation and Engagement Consultant working with Bristol Health Partners) in collaboration with a design and facilitation team. The team are planning to run a second session in the Autumn and publish a resource pack to help others run similar sessions across the country.

Olly Watson, Senior Project Manager at Bristol Health Partners has produced a report from the first pilot session which you can read here.

If you are involved in work to increase the patient and public voice in digital health and data initiatives, do get in touch at hello@bristolhealthpartners.org.uk or enquiries@phwe.org.uk