Doing healthy digital

As a patient, do you want to do ‘digital’ but not sure where to start?

Being ‘digitally healthy’ can mean better access to information and care, increased convenience, and more opportunities for greater control of your own health and shared care.

According to Cornwall Council’s Digital and Online Support Team, one in five adults in Cornwall lack basic digital skills. This means they can’t do common tasks like search the internet or use online services – there are around 60,000 people living in Cornwall who have never used the internet.

The Digital and Online Support Team provides Online Support Officers dedicated to getting residents in Cornwall online and supporting them to become confident in using the internet and technology.

They can offer:

∙          Free digital awareness sessions for groups of staff and patients to help them find, use and recommend online digital health tools and information

∙          Free train the trainer programmes supporting organisations to recruit and train ‘Digital Champions’

A volunteer Digital Champion can help to break down the barriers people face to being online, improve their understanding and awareness of the internet and inspire them to make digital health a part of their everyday lives.

So far 120 Digital Champions have been recruited to volunteer in local communities, for example Alison from Centre of Pendeen talking about her experience in this video.

And an example of partnership working between Sloan Medical Centre and Heeley Development Trust:

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Dawn Stoddern on 01872 272702 or email at