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We are a co-design, digital inclusion and innovation team hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Our mission is to ensure that everyone benefits from digitally-enabled health and care. We work with like-minded partners from across sectors, systems and places to achieve impact and influence. 

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Last year we set up an ambitious social change programme we call 'Inclusive Digital Transformation'. 

Millions of people are digitally and socially excluded in the UK. Evidence suggests these people are more likely to need health and care services. This is the flaw in the multi-billion pound digital transformation plan. 

There is good news though. The Phase 3 NHS response to Covid19 letter sent from NHS England/Improvement to all NHS Leaders on 31 July 2020 specifically highlights the need to ensure that digitally enabled care pathways increase inclusion and there has been an increasing interest in tackling the triple whammy challenge of health inequalities, digital exclusion and Covid-19. 

We know this is a difficult and complex issue which cannot be solved with one solution. There are inter-related factors such as life context, digital skills and confidence, access to devices and data and system related issues such as accessibility of digitally enabled tools and services, and the capability of staff to use and promote digital. 

We have been working with a range of partners to co-design inclusion into digital transformation. We are early in the journey and whilst we have a clear goal of everyone benefiting from digital enabled health and care, we cannot foresee all the twists and turns along the way. Ultimately Inclusive Digital Transformation means the NHS, local government, voluntary sector, industry, academia and citizens and communities purposefully working together to co-design digitally enabled health and care that works for everyone. 

mHabitat is working across the health and care system with many different partners including people who are more digitally excluded to shine a spotlight on good practice, understand needs and priorities and co-design enhancements which help to build equity and inclusion into digitally enabled services, pathways and strategies. Partners include: NHSX, NHSE, AHSN’s, ICS’s/STP’s, Voluntary Sector, Industry, Academia and Local Government. 

Here's the latest developments in our Inclusive Digital Transformation Social Change Programme:  

mHabitat is working with NHSX to find out more about the current picture of 'Inclusive Digital Transformation' in a health and care context at an Integrated Care System (ICS)/Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) level and at a local level across the country. 

We are working with NHSE/I and the Academic Health Science Networks in the two regions to build capacity and understanding of Inclusive Digital Transformation through practical co-design processes, networks and learning programmes. 

We are working with a number of ICS's and STP's including across Yorkshire and Humber to support them to integrate Inclusive Digital Transformation into their strategies and practices including understanding the current picture of barriers, drivers and priorities, shining a spotlight on existing good practice and working with more excluded groups to codesigning equity enhancements into digitally enabled services. 

We are working with a number of academic and industry partners including Oxford University to understand more about exclusion and accessibility barriers and solutions relating to remote monitoring and consultations.

We believe in open source and in the power of the collective and will share learning and the assets we produce. Join us and join in on twitter @wearemhabitat #DigiHealth4All
If you would like a conversation or to commission our support and services drop us a line on wearemhabitat@gmail.com 

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