ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
by Claire Jones, MadWorld
As an occupational therapist now working as a consultant in social media and mental health, I’m fascinated by the interplay between social care and technologies like smartphone applications or “apps”.
Lots of apps are now being used in healthcare to promote better self-management of long-term conditions and aid care planning. The Department of Health’s recent #MapsandApps showcase highlighted the popularity of these tools.
Let’s learn from, and build on, health apps
Social care can learn from the apps on show in the health world. Many harness social media and good old fashioned peer support to help people make better choices, seek appropriate support and collate personally relevant health information.