The Rural Health Network was established to bring together organisations and individuals with an interest in rural health to network and share best practice. Below you can find out more about the Rural Health Network or see news stories or research of interest.


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Free health checks at machinery shows
3 January 2018
Farmers venturing to machinery shows can take advantage of a free health check while at the events. (Farmers Weekly)


App to tackle elderly people's loneliness
23 December 2017
ELDERLY South Lakeland people have proved vital in the development of technology to tackle loneliness. (Westmorland Gazette)


MP warns that public-use defibrillators don’t work

5 January 2018
A Norfolk MP has warned of the serious risk that defibrillators in the region are not working because they are not being maintained properly. (EDP24)


Plea to watch out for rural folk

22 December 2017
A RURAL mental health campaign telling farmers ‘Don’t Wrap Up’ this winter has been launched by NFUS, RSABI, and the Scottish Government. (Scottish Farmer)

'Devastating' cuts to rural services budget
27 December 2017
Scottish Government budget cuts to rural services risk “devastating” Scotland’s farms, Scottish Labour has warned. (Evening express)

Rural hamper scheme spreads festive cheer
22 December 2017
Rural Support and wind energy company, Simple Power, is celebrating the success of its 'Christmas Hamper Scheme', which helped over 100 farming and rural families. (Belfast Telegraph)


Trust made £600k on parking charges

3 January 2018
Figures reveal Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust made more than £600,000 on parking charges in the last financial year. (North Devon Gazette)

Spirited presentation lands £3000 charity boost
29 December 2017
COMMUNITY-minded students have used their powers of persuasion to secure £3000 for a charity which supports people with mental health problems. (Inverness Courier)


Region’s economy missing out on millions

28 December 2017
The region’s economy is losing out on millions of pounds in economic benefit each year as a result of the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils. (EADT)

Technologies such as telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telecoaching and self-care apps have the potential to transform the way people engage in and control their own healthcare, empowering them to manage it in a way that is right for them.  The NHS Five Year Forward View promotes the importance of prevention and of new models in care in designing sustainable, high quality health and care – an essential precondition will be giving service users more control and professionals the data they need.

Launched on 13 January 2015, the NHS Commissioning Assembly’s Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) Online Resource for Commissioners, has been developed by NHS commissioners to help maximise the value of technology enabled care services for patients, carers, commissioners and the whole health economy. This resource raises awareness of how the wide range of TECS can support commissioning intentions and benefit patients, commissioners, families, health and social care professionals and provider managers. It also addresses the demand from commissioners for information on how to commission, procure, implement and evaluate these types of solutions effectively

For more information visit the NHS Commissioning Assembly website here


Unlocking digital potential
A consultation on 'Unlocking Rural Britain's Digital Potential' has been launched. More details here

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