Mersey Care has added to its range of self help guides with a set of approved apps which present a fantastic opportunity to provide valuable health information which can help improve the quality of healthcare, but also help us to live healthier lives. The market is awash with apps, though, and we have no ability to see whether what is being downloaded will actually improve our health or if our personal data will be stored safely.
For these reasons, senior clinicians at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have partnered with ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications. Mersey Care’s clinicians believe these apps will be useful for service users and patients.
ORCHA carry out independent and impartial reviews of health and care related apps, and you’ll see that the resultant information is clearly presented for us throughout the website. We can be reassured that any apps shown on this site have undergone a rigorous review process, and can feel confident as we choose the best app for us.
By bringing this information to our fingertips, it’s now possible to identify and compare the best apps for our needs – and to ensure that we, and our friends and families, can get access to quality assured apps that meet a standard that clinicians are comfortable with.
Deputy Medical Director Dr Arun Chidambaram said: “As a Global Digital Exemplar, Mersey Care is working with partners to develop care that uses technology in the best way for our service users. I’m pleased to see this resource for patients and clinicians. It is to be used with care and in conjunction with professional medical advice and we believe it can offer accessible support across a range of physical and mental health issues.”
Find out more in this YouTube video.
You can access the apps for health and wellbeing online here or search Mersey Care Orcha. They are available for service users and also for staff. Don’t forget that they can also be found alongside our popular self help guides on the trust website.
If you are in need of advice in an emergency you should go directly to the relevant acute services or support lines. Urgent help for those with suicidal thoughts can be found here on the Zero Suicide Alliance website, where there’s also a chance to learn life-saving skills in an interactive 20 minute training course.