Manchester to trial early years technology

Parents and health professionals in Greater Manchester will be the first in the UK to use innovative technology that has been developed to help give children the best start in life.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has helped develop an ‘Early Years’ app that digitises the paper-based assessments currently used to review a child’s development up to the age of 2.5 years, which has been launched at an event showcasing the city-region’s 2020 Digital Blueprint.

Bury will be the first area to pilot the ‘Early Years’ app from early Spring 2020 before it’s rolled out to other areas with the aim of being live across Greater Manchester by 2021. This will soon be followed by pilots of better connected healthcare for people with dementia and the severely frail led by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust – a Global Digital Exemplar NHS organisation – on behalf of the city-region based on the same platform.

Speaking about the app, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “Early Years digitisation will see streamlined systems connect hundreds of Greater Manchester professionals such as health visitors and school health services, enabling them to work together to better support families. It is the first part of our wider digital platform that aims to ensure that digital access to public services is integrated and user-friendly.

“The Early Years digitisation project is a huge step forward for our city-region and will hugely boost our aim of giving children in Greater Manchester the best possible start in life.”

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