#Digifutures12 Digital Futures Conference – what I’m hoping to learn…


What do you want from your local services online ? What are you expecting to see when you look at your local councils website, or try to check out out your doctors surgery website for information about flu vaccine clinics ? Does your local council have a Facebook , twitter, YouTube or website presence?

The digital futures Shropshire conference is taking place on Monday, and I a shall be attending. I am interested in learning more about how to encourage people to use online services or information. What makes a website a hit or a miss? In this age of austerity I believe organisations have a responsibility to be making sure that they are making the best possible use of resources. This means spending some time considering who is actually using the information that is being provided digitally ? Who is looking at their web pages ? Which groups are missing out on this and what could be done to help change the current status quo ?

Internet has a massive potential for helping information spread about society, communities and special interest groups. As a GP I have an interest in helping people to find and use “quality” websites. I’m a big fan of the concept of getting the information out of the reservoirs and flowing down the pipes to the people that want it. I’m interested in using some of the tips and tricks that social marketing can offer to help to nudge people into a more informed position. What can we learn from those who work in the marketing industry? What examples of social media marketing can you spot at your breakfast table ? On the cereal packets?

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Language Podcasts or Video to facilitate spread of Health Information


Language lessons Via podcast or webcast , YouTube Vimeo site to facilitate language that is used when visiting the doctors. In polish, Lithuanian and Urdu.

Could feature health information so there are several strands to this. I have been approached to work with the community radio in producing some health information podcasts – this could be part of this . Builds engagement in the community , breaks down barriers , and improves communication skills.

Contact me @stuartberry1 or retweet this / share the idea.

We have very limited resources in the nhs to support these ideas. Social media can help to spread the ideas, build the momentum & encourage our leaders and councils to consider them in their plans.