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NHS iPad offer to care homes

16/10/2020

The NHS are now offering iPads to help care homes provide care to residents

Digital Care Planing | NHS Digital offer Qualifying Care Homes Free iPads

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHS are helping care homes to provide ongoing care to residents - by providing iPads and helping to improve internet access.

The iPads will help care home residents to receive ongoing care and stay connected to loved ones.

The iPads will allow staff in care homes in England to:

  • Hold video consultations with health and care professionals
  • Use NHSmail (a secure NHS internal email service)
  • Connect care home residents with loved ones remotely
  • Get direct access to any other tools or systems needed to support the care of residents

For care homes without a stable wifi connection throughout their building, they will include a data enabled SIM card with each iPad. The SIM card will be free of charge for 12 months. The iPads are just one of many activities to support care homes and the social care sector with technology and digital tools. 

NHS ongoing work

Before the start of the pandemic, NHSX had already been working to improve access to the internet in care homes and had negotiated a range of connectivity offers to help staff in care homes and their residents to stay connected. Their colleagues in NHS Digital and the health and care sector have also been providing digital and technical advice and guidance to care providers to support care giving.

Which care homes can apply for an iPad?

Care homes that receive some or all of their funding for residential care from the NHS or from a local authority can apply. As they have a limited number of iPads, only care homes that meet the eligibility criteria will receive an iPad.

How to apply for an iPad

To apply for an iPad, care homes can fill in this form

Care homes can find out more about our terms of use here.

The deadline for submitting the form is Friday 23rd October 2020.

What happens next?

The NHS will contact care homes to let them know the outcome of their application.

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