Health and Social Care (HSC) in NI in partnership with ORCHA (Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps) has developed a library of high quality, convenient Apps to support health and social wellbeing during these difficult times.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted on us all, leading to unprecedented changes in our everyday lives. The restricted living conditions and daily challenges we face can lead to feelings of stress and other difficult emotions.
Health Minister Robin Swann said: “Since taking up post as Health Minister I have made mental health and wellbeing a priority. In these unprecedented times it is hugely important to consider the impact that this deadly virus can have on our lives, including the impact on mental health and wellbeing.
“We must support people to look after their mental health and this new App library will provide a one stop shop where the public can access safe and secure apps to help them during the pandemic.”
The Apps included in the library provide useful support and information on how to manage stress and improve wellbeing, sleep management, staying fit and nutrition.
You can access the Apps Library via your smart phone or PC at: – apps4healthcareni.hscni.net
Welcoming the Apps Library, Dr Kevin Dyer, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Health and Social Care Board said: “In the current COVID-19 crisis, finding the most effective health care apps that meet trusted standards is so important. People need assurance when selecting apps to feel confident that the information being provided is accurate, and that the apps are both secure and helpful.
“I am pleased that we can offer this assurance to the public and HSC staff and I am delighted that we are launching our own HSCNI Apps library. It will be a great enhancement to our existing eHealth services across NI.”
In the longer term, the Apps Library will be extended by HSCNI to support everyone, including health care professionals dealing with the impact of the pandemic and other medical conditions including for example, Diabetes and Asthma.
Hugo Van Woerden is the Director of Public Health added; “During the coronavirus pandemic, is it essential that we all take steps to look after our mental and physical wellbeing.
“As we are required to stay at home as much as possible, digital technology offers a unique opportunity in the current circumstances to access support in an innovate and quick way from the comfort of our own living room.
“The new Healthcare NI Apps Library is an excellent example of effective collaboration.
We look forward to working with our colleagues in the HSC Board, Department of Health to ensure the Apps Library is further developed with additional apps, as we meet the ever- changing needs of people within the cycle of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
ORCHA (Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps) has assessed apps for the NHS, and health and social care bodies across the world. ORCHA verifies the accuracy, security and risks associated with their use and ranks them accordingly.