Child Health app shortlisted for two awards

A new app developed with support from NECS has been shortlisted for two national awards. The NHS Child Health app, which is available free through Google Play and the App Store, was launched last year by the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Network with help from the communications team at NECS.

The app is one of the network’s initiatives helping to reduce the pressure on urgent and emergency care services, and has already been downloaded over 7,000 times.

The app has now made the final line-up for both the Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM) and the Patient Experience Network, in the Innovative Use of Technology/Social Media category. The winners of both will be announced at events this month.

Helen Fox, Senior Communications Manager for NECS, said: “The app can make a real contribution to easing the pressure on services, so we are delighted to have been recognised not once but twice for this innovative piece of work.  The app helps parents and carers by giving easy to understand guidance on childhood illnesses, recognising when your child is unwell, and advice on when and where to seek further treatment.”

To see how the app works, search for ‘NHS child health’ in Google Play or the App Store, or to find out more, contact helen.fox6@nhs.net.