You never guess what… we got a shout-out from central government yesterday for our digital prowess.💻🖱️👍
The Minister for Local Government said the app we developed for use by local GPs was a great example of councils taking advantage of digital technology.
The Councils’ achievement was the first to be mentioned by the Minister, Rishi Sunak MP, when he gave examples of good digital practice.
Speaking at the Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Conference in Birmingham on Wednesday, he said: “Adur & Worthing is piloting the Going Local service. Here GPs directly refer patients to the council’s social prescribing team, helping thousands of them become fitter or stop smoking.”
Staff from Adur & Worthing’s Health and Wellbeing team are now based in local surgeries meeting with patients referred to them by GPs.
The GPs can also use the app, partly developed with funding from the LGA, to themselves access local services and resources which they think might help patients. Known as ‘social prescribing’, it helps tackle social problems, such as housing difficulties and loneliness, which might be impacting on a patient’s physical health.
Cllr. Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said: “We are delighted that the Minister has recognised the value of Going Local which highlights the way digital technology can be used to improve access to more traditional services and resources.”
Cllr. Angus Dunn, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Resources, said: “With Adur & Worthing’s digital platform we can build services very quickly, and Going Local is a great example of that. We are very pleased the Minister has recognised it’s value.”