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17th December 2023
There is an opportunity to innovate how Occupational Therapy (OT) services are delivered using digital technology to support and enable new models of community-based care.
There is an opportunity to innovate how Occupational Therapy (OT) services are delivered using digital technology to support and enable new models of community-based care. OT services face a number of challenges in ‘assessing’ and ‘triaging’ citizens who are experiencing a loss of functional ability – usually due to frailty or disability which is expected to last for more than six months.
Many OT services have seen increases in referral rates in recent years with many citizens presenting with complex needs and in parallel, workforce capacity in this specialised field has been reduced. Consequently, in many OT services, resources are directed to those triaged with an urgent or substantial need, contributing to a backlog of ‘medium’ and ‘low priority’ referral allocations, with some currently waiting up to 2 years for an assessment.
The circumstances mentioned above result in a range of challenges.
From a service provider perspective challenges include:
From a service user perspective challenges include:
We are interested in ground breaking ideas, technologies, solutions or approaches that address one or more of the challenge areas above. If your organisation has a solution to some or all of the challenge areas please submit a RapidPitch. If you think your solution addresses an Occupational Therapy need or challenge that has not been listed above, then this may also be of interest.
We are conducting a market review and this RapidPitch enables any organisation from across the private, public, academic and third sectors to submit their contribution. We are interested in identifying solutions and understanding the current ‘art of the possible’. You may be offered the opportunity to showcase your solution(s) to stakeholders (including clinical and service staff, policymakers, other industry players), invited to collaborate, or sign-posted to other support and funding opportunities.
DHI’s goal is to support innovation in digital health & care through collaboration and partnership. Meet our team and learn how to collaborate with us at https://www.dhi-scotland.com/our-team/
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