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GeneralMar 10, 2021

Digital health and care clinical lead Lesley Holdsworth says: 'We need to further upskill staff'

Lesley Holdsworth, one of the UK’s most prominent proponents of using digital technology to modernise the way in which healthcare is delivered, has acknowledged it does not offer all the answers.

Dr Holdsworth – who received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to physiotherapy and health care – is the Scottish Government's national clinical lead for digital health and care.

She holds that post on a part-time basis and is also a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University's department of physiotherapy and paramedicine.

A 'blended' approach will be needed as the threat from Covid-19 recedes

Dr Holdsworth led a team that described how physiotherapists and other allied health professionals (AHPs) in Scotland embraced the use of webinars and virtual appointments as Covid-19 swept through the country last year. The team’s paper appeared in last month’s British Journal of Healthcare Management (BJHM), as reported here 

Asked for an update on developments in recent months, Dr Holdsworth told PhysioUpdate on 9 March:

‘The use of digital solutions continues to increase within health and care settings. Services are being delivered in a variety of s...


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