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CPS gets digital HALO

Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) has partnered with The HALO Scotland to develop the latest innovations in digital health and pharmacy.

Based at The HALO’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, CPS will use state of the art digital innovations to assess what skills will be needed to excel in the health sector.

The partnership will: 

• Use the latest digital tools to explore new innovations for use in pharmacies throughout Scotland

• Develop cyber and digital technologies to improve and personalise pharmaceutical services

• Collaborate with NHS Ayrshire and Arran & East Ayrshire Council to help develop and modernise healthcare and pharmacies

• Support innovative start-up, step-up and scale-up entrepreneurial businesses, particularly those involved in digital health.

The HALO is a regeneration initiative located in Kilmarnock. It is being shaped as a multi-faceted brown-field regeneration that will create an urban park with commercial, educational and cultural spaces, and a leisure and lifestyle quarter.

Martin Green, CPS chair, said: “Health and social care, along with digital technology, have always been sectors which have had to respond to the changing needs of their markets at breakneck speed – but it’s probably fair to say that this doesn’t always happen hand-in-hand, nor does the pace of upskilling the workforce to utilize emerging technology to its fullest.”

“This project aims to buck that trend, bringing together the unique strengths of CPS and The HALO so that we can ensure that digital solutions can be delivered by pharmacy staff with the knowledge and skills required to support self-care and have a real and lasting impact on people’s health outcomes.”

“The community pharmacy network allows us to both test changes in a controlled way and implement once-for-Scotland solutions, and I am truly looking forward to exploring the possibilities that working with The HALO will bring.”

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