Interested in using Near Me?

Published on 6 Oct 2020

We're delighted to open a call to participate in a new project exploring where Near Me video consulting software can be most effectively and usefully applied in social services.

In partnership with the Scottish Government, Near Me team (Technology Enabled Care Programme), Iriss will be leading this exciting work over autumn and winter 2020, with completion early 2021.

To gather a broad range of experience and learning of using Near Me, and to support the development of national training and guidance, the project will incorporate a blended approach.

  • Working with 4-6 organisations who are willing, and have an initial established need, to trial the use of Near Me in their practice through a 4 week Quality Improvement (QI) cycle. 
  • Holistic information gathering on priority areas for social services, and learning from established health and social care settings that have experience in the use of Near Me. 
  • Light touch support for social services organisations that wish to set up and use Near Me independently outwith the QI setting. 

The deadline to register interest for your service/ organisation to participate in the QI cycle is midday (12pm) on 16 October.

More information with timescales and a link to the Expression of Interest form can be found in the Project Information Pack.

We are keen to involve statutory services, independent and third sector organisations in the project. The pack also gives more information about the light touch support we can offer for independent use of Near Me.

We recognise that a number of areas, both in social care and social work, will already have some experience of using video consulting platforms (including Near Me), so this is an excellent opportunity to learn and build on such recent developments, as well as produce new evidence specific to social services.  

Project contact: Louise Bowen. Hashtags: #NearMe and #NearMe4SocialServices