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My First Day at Work…

In a recent blog, Visionable chief operating officer Donna Holt explained why the company is committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of staff.  So, what better way to start my first day at Visionable than running what would essentially be a virtual group therapy session. Before asking my new colleagues to share with me, and each other, how the Covid 19 pandemic was affecting their psychological well-being, I thought it best to offer them access to my medical knowledge and to hold a Q&A session on all things coronavirus. I answered questions on everything from the structure of the virus particle through to what extent certain individual’s family members may need to go to, to protect themselves. The final part

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Working for a tech company… me?

I recently started working at Visionable. “What is Visionable?” you might say “A technology company” I would say To which, anyone who knows me well would say “WHAT?” You see one of my weaknesses in life, in fact my nemesis, is technology. I’m a complete and total disaster when it comes to operating anything from an iPhone to a laptop to most medical devices. So why on earth would I, a technophobe, be working for a technology company? To balance my own self critic, let me tell you where my strengths lie. I am an expert in people, in healthcare and in communication. I have a particular interest in improving the health of those that have poor lifestyles and am

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Protecting our colleagues’ mental wellbeing during Covid-19 is our responsibility

At the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Visionable chief operating officer Donna Holt explains why she is committed to understanding her colleagues’ pressures and ensuring the organisation does everything it can to support their mental wellbeing. The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a significant surge in demand from the NHS for our video collaboration platform. In the space of a single month NHS trust usage increased by more than 1,600%, as organisations suddenly needed to find new ways to deliver their services and for clinicians and patients to talk to each other. With that demand has come a remarkable response from our team, many of whom have faced questions around challenging issues, including death, for the first time in

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“And then it all went crazy…”

Ash Thornley-Davies, head of UK sales, reflects on the first, six, hectic weeks of the Covid-19 crisis, when Visionable found itself scrambling to deliver virtual clinic solutions to NHS trusts that wanted them “now”, and what they will mean for the use of healthcare technology in the future. In the first week of March, we were still working as normal. News about the novel coronavirus had been trickling out of China since January, and northern Italy had been locked down at the end of February. But on 3 March, I was in Leeds for a meeting with NHS England and references to the disease were quite jovial. We were asking “can we still do handshakes?” because social media was full

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Getting technology design right could be key to avoiding health inequity, especially during the Covid-19 crisis

Technology must be designed for the people who need the NHS the most, and it must enable equity and access – otherwise it is irrelevant, writes Lord Adebowale, chair of Visionable. The average life expectancy of a woman living in Barking and Dagenham is 53 years old. Around 20 miles away in Richmond upon Thames, that average increases to over 70 years. For any caring person, this matters. It matters because the woman in Barking and Dagenham is going to die younger, and it matters because she is going to cost the NHS a lot more. But also, the woman in Barking and Dagenham is the reason the NHS was created in the first place. Why equity is so important

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My First Day at Work…

In a recent blog, Visionable chief operating officer Donna Holt explained why the company is committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of staff.  So, what better way to start my first day at Visionable than running what would essentially be a virtual group therapy session. Before asking my new colleagues to share with me, and each other, how the Covid 19 pandemic was affecting their psychological well-being, I thought it best to offer them access to my medical knowledge and to hold a Q&A session on all things coronavirus. I answered questions on everything from the structure of the virus particle through to what extent certain individual’s family members may need to go to, to protect themselves. The final part

Read More »

Working for a tech company… me?

I recently started working at Visionable. “What is Visionable?” you might say “A technology company” I would say To which, anyone who knows me well would say “WHAT?” You see one of my weaknesses in life, in fact my nemesis, is technology. I’m a complete and total disaster when it comes to operating anything from an iPhone to a laptop to most medical devices. So why on earth would I, a technophobe, be working for a technology company? To balance my own self critic, let me tell you where my strengths lie. I am an expert in people, in healthcare and in communication. I have a particular interest in improving the health of those that have poor lifestyles and am

Read More »

Protecting our colleagues’ mental wellbeing during Covid-19 is our responsibility

At the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Visionable chief operating officer Donna Holt explains why she is committed to understanding her colleagues’ pressures and ensuring the organisation does everything it can to support their mental wellbeing. The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a significant surge in demand from the NHS for our video collaboration platform. In the space of a single month NHS trust usage increased by more than 1,600%, as organisations suddenly needed to find new ways to deliver their services and for clinicians and patients to talk to each other. With that demand has come a remarkable response from our team, many of whom have faced questions around challenging issues, including death, for the first time in

Read More »

“And then it all went crazy…”

Ash Thornley-Davies, head of UK sales, reflects on the first, six, hectic weeks of the Covid-19 crisis, when Visionable found itself scrambling to deliver virtual clinic solutions to NHS trusts that wanted them “now”, and what they will mean for the use of healthcare technology in the future. In the first week of March, we were still working as normal. News about the novel coronavirus had been trickling out of China since January, and northern Italy had been locked down at the end of February. But on 3 March, I was in Leeds for a meeting with NHS England and references to the disease were quite jovial. We were asking “can we still do handshakes?” because social media was full

Read More »

Getting technology design right could be key to avoiding health inequity, especially during the Covid-19 crisis

Technology must be designed for the people who need the NHS the most, and it must enable equity and access – otherwise it is irrelevant, writes Lord Adebowale, chair of Visionable. The average life expectancy of a woman living in Barking and Dagenham is 53 years old. Around 20 miles away in Richmond upon Thames, that average increases to over 70 years. For any caring person, this matters. It matters because the woman in Barking and Dagenham is going to die younger, and it matters because she is going to cost the NHS a lot more. But also, the woman in Barking and Dagenham is the reason the NHS was created in the first place. Why equity is so important

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