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Rotherham Care Home stars in digital ad

17 Dec 2020 11:01:24
Ethel Eyre, Cherry Trees Resident

Health and Care staff in Rotherham have helped care home residents get online as part of a national campaign.

Barclays Digital Eagles have committed to help digitally upskill staff and residents at 500 care homes across the UK this year - and Rotherham has played a starring role.

Not only did Cherry Trees care home in Kimberworth Park take part in the digital skills training, but they were also picked to star in the latest Digital Eagles TV ad! You can watch the ad here. https://vimeo.com/484360246/7071a2baf4

Through virtual sessions, Digital Eagles help care home staff make the most of technology when it’s needed most. They show carers how to access healthcare appointments online and keep residents connected to friends and family and have even introduced care homes to various ways to keep residents entertained, bringing some much needed joy during the Covid pandemic.

Rebekah Davies, a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and Digital Health Clinical Lead at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust worked with partners across Rotherham to help Cherry Trees source network connections and get online.

She said: “From remote therapy sessions to joining in family celebrations; it has been heart-warming to see our care home residents connect and come to life when they see loved ones on screen, when they learn something new or when they watch something that evokes fond memories. The power of technology for this group of people should not be underestimated.”

One resident has even managed to stay in touch with his dogs through technology, take a look here! https://www.barclays.co.uk/digital-confidence/eagles/care-homes/#danny. And Ethel Eyre, pictured and originally from Greasborough, is 100 years old and claims she was once the best dancer in Rotherham! She said: "I love to have a chat with my friends and family I still get to see them. I also still get to go to church because of the tablet."

The Barclays Digital Eagles skills training was initially piloted in Rotherham and has now expanded across the country, with the Eagles delivering digital skills training across the country.

Rebekah added: “It was a chance conversation with Barclays and a lot of work in the background from us, NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and NHS Improvement to get up and running and which has led to discussions about developing a national digital skills offer for the care sector.”

David Stewart, Digital programme lead for NHS England and NHS Improvement said: “Working with Rebekah on the Barclay’s Digital Eagles project has been wonderful!

 

“From the initial introduction Rebekah made, the offer of support grew from Rotherham to the North East and Yorkshire region and this is now being discussed nationally. This effectively offers thousands of Care Home Staff the training they need to connect people virtually.”

Toni Ives, Head of Barclays Digital Eagles said: “This year our Barclays Digital Eagles have committed to delivering digital training to care home staff and residents. Our programme has given both care home staff and residents the confidence and skills to use technology to keep entertained and stay connected with friends and family.”