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Digital inclusion boost for vulnerable COVID patients



Over £1.1million has been awarded to support shielding and vulnerable people in North West London affected by COVID-19 in accessing digital health, care and community resources. 

CW+ and North West London ICS/STP have received £1,176,207 from NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) in support of digital inclusion, the need for which has been laid bare during the pandemic, particularly among society’s most vulnerable. 

CW+ will use funds from NHS Charities Together to support COVID-19 recovery activities, working with partners across the region to deliver a number of digital inclusion and innovation projects, including the launch of a live webinar channel. 

The digital inclusion programme will run over the next two years, with a view to scaling the programme on a wider level in the future.

Lesley Watts, interim CEO of North West London ICS/STP, and chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to NHS Charities Together for their support and funding, and look forward to working in partnership with the national charity and the successful bidders on this programme.  

“We need to support the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our three new projects will help patients use digital health services and tools as well as provide them with connections to local charitable services. 

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said: “We know COVID-19 has disproportionately affected some of society’s most vulnerable people, and digital exclusion has been a factor in that process. 

“That’s why we are delighted to fund these valuable initiatives through CW+, which we believe will have an important benefit for those living in North West London.  By reducing barriers to digital access and improving connection within communities, we hope they will make a much-needed difference.”

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