ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Social care and social work: is there an app for that? – Mad World

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.

via Social care and social work: is there an app for that? – Mad World.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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