We believe in a world where everyone benefits from digital.

Since 2013 Good Things Foundation has been working with the NHS and other partners to bring digital health inclusion to those people who are most excluded and for whom digital can have the biggest benefit.

An estimated 12.9 million people in the UK do not have the full essential digital skills needed to make use of health services. 

  • These people are most likely to be socially excluded, hard to reach, and suffer from poorer health. 

  • There is a 19 year difference in healthy life expectancy between the most deprived and the least deprived communities.

We have been developing 20+ pathfinders that model ways to engage and support the most excluded groups across England.

For the communities that we serve, digital can provide access to relevant information and health professionals and peer support, help manage conditions and improve health and wellbeing indicators.

These pages are designed to give you the evidence and guidance you need to continue this work in your area.  

In numbers

£6.40

ROI for every £1 invested in digital health inclusion (WDP1)

-25%

Reduction in GP appointments for those with LTC’s (LTC pathfinder)

52%

Said they feel less lonely or isolated

300+

Organisations involved in delivering the programme

Themes

Co-design in health

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Disadvantaged groups

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Older people

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Health professionals

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Health hubs

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Long term conditions

Coming soon

Our pathfinder projects

If you are interested in the specifics of each pathfinder you can find all relevant information in the sections below.

Can social prescribing of digital skills support physical and mental health?

Can social prescribing of digital skills support physical and mental health?

Can digital help young people in the void between Universal Care contact?

Can digital help young people in the void between Universal Care contact?

Can a community space help people use digital to improve their health?

Can a community space help people use digital to improve their health?

Can digital help rough sleepers get the health support they need?

Can digital help rough sleepers get the health support they need?

Can digital improve the wellbeing of young carers and their dependants?

Can digital improve the wellbeing of young carers and their dependants?

Can social networking improve access to health information for people with long term conditions?

Can social networking improve access to health information for people with long term conditions?

Can digital tools improve the experience of people accessing health information and support?

Can digital tools improve the experience of people accessing health information and support?

Can digital help to support older people with their move from health to social care?

Can digital help to support older people with their move from health to social care?

Can digital help people in social housing gain better access to health services?

Can digital help people in social housing gain better access to health services?

Can digital help expectant and new parents access the health support and information they need?

Can digital help expectant and new parents access the health support and information they need?

Can digital inclusion help patients interact with more appropriate services to their needs?

Can digital inclusion help patients interact with more appropriate services to their needs?

Can digital help reduce low blood sugar level episodes (which result in hospital admissions) within care homes?

Can digital help reduce low blood sugar level episodes (which result in hospital admissions) within care homes?

Can digital inclusion enable Nurses to tackle problems and improve the care that they give?

Can digital inclusion enable Nurses to tackle problems and improve the care that they give?

Can digital help those who have been diagnosed with Dementia on a day-to-day basis?

Can digital help those who have been diagnosed with Dementia on a day-to-day basis?

How can digital engage BAME communities to help improve their health?

How can digital engage BAME communities to help improve their health?

Can digital help those with a cancer diagnosis feel supported and access information?

Can digital help those with a cancer diagnosis feel supported and access information?

Our pathfinder activity mapped across England