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Innovative new information presentation platform, Tailored Talks. Developed in partnership with NHS Lothian

Shared by Neil Francis on 2021-05-18 16:21

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The application of the Tailored Talks platform is a critical enabler of the Hospital to Home pathway developed in partnership between NHS Lothian and Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. It was created to facilitate effective discharge, to support people and their families make the transition from ICU to home following a COVID diagnosis and to ensure that there is ongoing support as people learn to live with the longer-term impact of the virus. Tailored Talks acts an easily searchable slide library - clinicians and members of third-sector organisations can quickly search through the content and select blocks which are relevant to their patient. This is then compiled in a bespoke presentation and sent to the patient on an interactive portal.

Tailored Talks allows health and social care professionals, and people working in third sector organisations to provide information which is tailored to each individual patient’s needs. This information can be shared on-screen during face-to-face meetings/consultations, on paper (for people without access to digital technology or who are not keen to use it), but also remotely by emailed pdf or via weblinks so that patients and their carers can access the information on their mobile devices, PC or laptop computers. Recipients then have the opportunity to share this tailored/individualised information with other people (e.g. family members) wherever they are in the world. Unlike traditional paper-based patient information leaflets the content is readily updated to ensure it is current, relevant and accurate. It can also link, via embedded URLs to other web-based information including videos, e-learning, e-applications and services to facilitate signposting.

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, NHS Lothian and Pogo Studio have worked in partnership to bring phase one of Tailored Talks to life – Tailored Talks COVID-19. Beginning the build in late May of 2020, Pogo Studio delivered the initial version of Tailored Talks, which was to be used as part of the Hospital to Home journey for people coming out of ICU with COVID-19. Tailored Talks allow for doctors and nurses from both NHS Lothian and CHSS to access 500 COVID-19 and ICU related slides and build up bespoke and relevant presentations for their patients. These 500 slides were produced by well over 20 clinicians and specialist from NHS Lothian and CHSS, including ICU doctors, psychologists, psychiatrist, nutritionist, and physiotherapist, to name a few.

We have also worked in partnership with the University of Edinburgh to produce 600 stroke related slides, which are available for use in all 14 NHS boards. Over the next 8 months, content for the 14 largest neurological conditions will be added to the system, comprising of around 10,000 slides. By the end of the year, a pilot will have been kicked off with the

Future projects will involve Tailored Talks being used as one of the mechanics to help track and store informed consent.

This solution shall not include mention to the use of drugs, chemicals or biologicals (including food); invasive devices; offensive, commercial or inherently dangerous content. This solution was not medically validated. Proceed with caution! If you have any doubts, please consult with a health professional.

About the author

Tailored Talks has been created by Pogo Studio - a digital development agency based in Edinburgh. We are a family led business, with Jack Francis as the managing director of the company, and his father Neil as the executive chairman.

After suffering a stroke in 2007, Neil experienced first hand the difficulties that come with poor patient communication methods. This has been something which has spurred both him and Jack on to create Tailored Talks.

After successfully piloting the software in NHS Lothian, Pogo Studio are now looking to scale the product in the UK and beyond.

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