This is our affectionate name for a number of activities locally that spun out of our Open Innovation Process in spring 2010. We’re delighted that this has happened. A number of creative ideas were generated at an ALISS-style workshop at St Mirren’s stadium last summer. Some of these are progressing steadily, others less so – all part of life’s rich tapestry:
‘Tools to talk’ is a sort of workbook/diary/filofax for people with Long-Term Conditions. As the title suggests, it’s intended as a communication aid – for families, your GP, whoever. You can also store a note of resources you find useful. Snook worked with two people with LTCs to co-design a prototype, and have now worked this up into a form where it is ready for a trial run. There’s interest in this across a wide spectrum of people and practitioners.
Peter goes along to catch-up meetings on various projects. At the last one we talked about the arrival of ‘information pods’ sponsored by MacMillan, which would be a major improvement for the availability of information locally. Time-banking is another project that they are very keen on. This has good political support, but practical progress awaits the result of a re-organisation of the way the Local Authority relates generally to third sector organisations. Does this sound familiar? Patience is, as ever, a virtue.
Renfrewshire have also been good enough to contribute local information to the Engine already. Along with a substantial file from Grampian Care Data, this has really helped the further development of the data model within the Engine. Last month we had a useful meeting with the Local Authority IT staff – thanks to Cathy Gormal for brokering this. Derek contributed from afar, on ‘speakerphone’ (in practice, Andy’s mobile – this was rather like being able to Phone a Friend). After quizzing us about metadata standards…they declared themselves happy with the very open approach we were taking…and proceeded to spot the potential usefulness of Engine information for their LA-wide Customer Relationship Management staff. Well!!