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A safe and trusted internet is at the heart of a lot of Ci’s work and during the last Safer Internet Day with the theme of ‘Play your part for a better internet’, we tried to do our bit!

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. (www.saferinternet.org.uk)

Ci’s Digital Corsham initiative had been working with pupils and staff at a local primary school to develop a video about the safer use of the Internet that is being made available to local schools across our Digital Community programme.

Called ‘Cassie’s Online Story’, it features a primary school age character filmed in stop frame animation, who sets up an online social media account without their parent’s permission and is then subject to cyber-bullying. The video is packed with practical tips and advice from school pupils to stay safe online.

The video is backed by a second video aimed at parents outlining how important the subject of a Safer Internet is. The videos will be premiered today in front of pupils and parents, and can be watched below.

The videos were developed, filmed and edited by Ci’s Creative Digital and Media Apprentices.

Cassie’s Online Story

This e-Safety video is a joint project between the Corsham Regis Primary Academy, the Corsham Institute, Digital Corsham and Corsham TV. It was inspired and produced with the School’s Year 6 Pupil Leadership Team for Safer Internet Day.


E-Safety Guide for Parents

This video is a guide to parents about e-Safety and is the companion video to the pupil-focused video ‘Cassie’s Online Story’. It was produced for Corsham Regis Primary Academy for Safer Internet Day by the Corsham Institute, Digital Corsham and Corsham TV.

To find out more about Ci’s Digital Communities Programme please email communities@corshaminstitute.org or tweet us @digital_corsham.

To view our community digital television channel Corsham TV please visit www.corshamtv.tv and follow @CorshamTV.

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Last Friday (22/1/16) saw an exciting announcement for the Corsham Institute (Ci) at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The public unveiling of a new collaborative Test Bed that is a great example of the citizen centric work that Ci is doing in the Research and Innovation arena.

The Davos announcement saw NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, confirming details of the first wave of the NHS Test Bed programme. In doing so he said:

“Over the next decade major health gains won’t just come from a few ‘miracle cures’, but also from combining diverse breakthroughs in fields such as   biosensors, medtech and drug discovery, mobile communications, and AI computing.

Our new NHS Test Beds programme aims to cut through the hype and test the practical benefits for patients when we bring together some of these most promising technologies in receptive environments inside the world’s largest public, integrated health service.”

In partnership with Ci and other organisations in the West of England, the Diabetes Digital Coach Programme is a Test Bed led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN). It means that people with diabetes will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care.

Following the announcement, Ci director, Jeffrey Thomas said:

“The potential of digital technologies to transform the provision of healthcare, in particular, patient led care for chronic illness is significant. The Corsham Institute is delighted to be part of a talented consortium in testing and developing the Diabetes Digital Coach programme.

By providing the NHS and our fellow partners with a trusted, secure and agnostic environment to house data and develop consent driven applications, we are delighted to be helping to create solutions and analytics that add significant value to patients, clinicians and researchers alike.”

The Diabetes Digital Coach Test Bed will bring together mobile health self-management tools, such as wearable sensors and supporting software, with the Internet of Things (IoT). It will enable people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to ‘do the right thing at the right time’, to partly self-manage their condition and will encourage more timely and appropriate interventions from peers, healthcare professionals, carers and social networks.

The Test Bed is part of an integrated £40 million, three-year Central Government programme, in collaboration with Innovate UK, that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout the public sector for the benefit of everyone who uses them.

As essential and welcome as these new Test Beds are to the Health Sector, digital innovation reaches into every corner of society and Ci is also enabling Research and Innovation programmes across many other areas including education and learning, public service transformation, smart living and communities.

Ci connects people, academia, government and the not for profit sector in ‘Digital Collaboratories’ that provide an environment where people can research, innovate and implement digital products and services in a secure, non-competitive ‘white-space’ that allows capacities to be built and essential connections made.

In whatever field Ci is working; ethics, privacy and trust are intrinsic to our Programmes and from conception through to market testing we are centered on digital citizens and the future of the digital society. We believe that the next decade is not simply about infrastructure and technology, it is about digital behaviour, engagement and creativity to help people and communities meet the digital challenges we all increasingly face.

As Ci builds further unique collaborations and test beds, of which the Diabetes Digital Coach for the NHS is the latest exciting example, we will continue to seek partners across all sectors to build digital activity, to enable people to lead healthier, better and safer lives through secure and trusted solutions.

To find out more about Research and Innovation at Ci, please get in touch with us at research@corshaminstitute.org and to read more about the new NHS Test Bed use this link to our News article.

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Patients in the West of England will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care, as announced today (Friday 22 January) by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network will be leading the way in NHS innovation as part of a pioneering ‘Test Bed’ with partners including the regional healthcare community, Corsham Institute, Diabetes UK, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Ki Performance, LeLan and SocialDiabetes, R-Outcomes, Soupdragon Resources and HEOR.

As part of the ‘Diabetes Digital Coach’ Test Bed, people with diabetes and frontline health and care workers across the West (with a population size of 2.4 million) will pioneer and evaluate opportunities to work with the ‘Internet of Things’ through using remote monitoring and coaching technology for better self-management.

The programme, along with six others from around the country, will be unveiled by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens as part of the first wave of NHS Innovation Test Beds; collaborations between the NHS and innovators that aim to harness technology to address some of the most complex issues facing our population and the health service.

Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt and adapt to the particular needs of their local populations.

The Diabetes Digital Coach programme will bring together mobile health self-management tools (such as wearable sensors and supporting software) with the Internet of Things (IoT). The Test Bed will enable people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to ‘do the right thing at the right time’ to self-manage their condition, and will encourage more timely and appropriate interventions from peers, healthcare professionals, carers and social networks.

This IoT Test Bed is part of an integrated £40 million, three-year Government programme in collaboration with Innovate UK that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in IoT and increase adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector.

Co-developing the future with patients and leading technology providers

Director of Corsham Institute, Jeffrey Thomas said:

The potential of digital technologies to transform the provision of healthcare, in particular, patient led care for chronic illness is significant. The Corsham Institute is delighted to be part of a talented consortium in testing and developing the Diabetes Digital Coach programme. By providing the NHS and our fellow partners with a trusted, secure and agnostic environment to house data and develop consent driven applications, we are delighted to be helping to create solutions and analytics that add significant value to patients, clinicians and researchers alike.

Lars Sundstrom, Director of Enterprise at the West of England AHSN, said: “I am really delighted that we have been chosen as an Internet of Things Test Bed site to pioneer the next generation of connected self-management tools for people to better manage long-term conditions. This is a great example of how the NHS and the Department for Health with Innovate UK are leading the way in co-developing the future with patients and leading technology providers for the benefit of all.”

Sandra Tweddell from Bristol has lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1961. She is coordinator of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network and has been involved in the design of the Diabetes Digital Coach programme.

Sandra says: “I am so excited by the news about Diabetes Digital Coach being announced as an NHS Test Bed. In the absence of a cure for diabetes, technology offers a way of giving immediate information about your diabetes control so you can manage it better and prevent or delay the complications that can go with the condition.

Technology can be used to enable true partnership between the GP, consultant or practice nurse and the person with diabetes. Diabetes Digital Coach is a really exciting initiative as, if successful, it will enable more people to better manage their diabetes, hopefully reducing the awful complications that go with the condition.

Cutting through the hype

NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens said: “Over the next decade major health gains won’t just come from a few ‘miracle cures’, but also from combining diverse breakthroughs in fields such as biosensors, medtech and drug discovery, mobile communications, and AI computing.

Our new NHS Test Beds programme aims to cut through the hype and test the practical benefits for patients when we bring together some of these most promising technologies in receptive environments inside the world’s largest public, integrated health service.

The Diabetes Digital Coach programme in the West of England will work with a number of SME partners, who have responded warmly to today’s Test Bed announcement:

The Diabetes Digital Coach partnership

There are a number of partners involved in the Diabetes Digital Coach Internet of Things Test Bed, with the West of England ASHN as lead organisation.

The partnership also includes two charities, 10 companies, seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), two acute providers, and three community providers.

NHS England Test Beds

A joint programme between NHS England, the Office for Life Science, the Department of Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, NHS Test Beds bring together local health and social care bodies including CCGs, hospital trusts, primary and community care providers with a wide range of innovators from home and abroad.

Each Test Bed will use a different combination of innovations, from both large and small organisations, to address a locally-identified clinical challenge.  The changes made will be rigorously evaluated, with the aim to provide evidence, which will give more areas the confidence to adopt the innovations over the coming years.

Test beds are a key strand of the NHS Five Year Forward View, and will help realise the ambition of reforming the NHS so that it is fit to face the challenges of the 21st Century – particularly an ageing population and an increase in patients with long-term health conditions – while remaining financially sustainable.

The NHS has a track record of being open to new ideas and technology – they’re being implemented all the time. Where progress has been slower is in combining innovations, in a whole-system way, so that their impact is bigger than the sum of their parts – the ‘test beds’ programme will change that.

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Launched in January 2015, Corsham’s own local digital tv channel Corsham TV is now one year old. It has already produced over 110 timely and relevant video stories about Corsham and the surrounding area, interviewed 91 people and its videos have been streamed for viewing over 20,000 times, all via the Corsham TV website www.corshamtv.tv.

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Our local digital television channel is modelled on the mainstream TV catch-up services and is available anywhere 24/7, with videos viewed in themed playlists.

Corsham TV is part of the Digital Corsham initiative, set up and funded by the not-for-profit research charity, Corsham Institute.

Corsham TV supports community groups and events, local businesses and local people who have a story to tell, as well as conducting regular interviews with local MPs and both Wiltshire and Town Councillors.

Its first success was its local coverage of the General Election in May 2015 where it covered local hustings, streamed the results live and had the first video interview with the new MP, Michelle Donelan.

Later this year with its local community radio station partner, KIK RADIO, it will begin to stream live Wiltshire Council’s Corsham Area Board and the Corsham Town Council meetings to open them up to a wider digital online audience.

In the run up to Christmas the series of videos ’12 Days of a Corsham Christmas’ attracted record audiences and featured many community groups and local businesses, including the children of Corsham Primary School singing festive songs, with excerpts from their Nativity Plays.

The Chair of Corsham Town Council, Ruth Hopkinson, reflecting on the first year of Corsham TV said;

“Corsham TV has given the residents of Corsham the opportunity to find out what is actually going on in the town, has shown Corsham off to its best advantage, is a great showpiece for all that is good in the town, has given the opportunity for local people to have their say, makes people feel good about the town they live in. It turned negative publicity into positive.”

Corsham TV engages with the community on social media and through regular public events in the town and surrounding areas.

It can be viewed at www.corshamtv.tv, is on Twitter @CorshamTV and on Facebook/CorshamTelevision.

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The phrase ‘Digital Society’ is of course now in common usage by hundreds of organisations, charities, businesses, innovators and our local and national governments, but how often do they, or we, step back and consider what it really means and the implications that surround it?

Is its development increasingly to be led by corporations with new platforms and apps, driven by data mining and profit? Is it to be a top down model where vital public sector services are corralled online, whilst a large percentage of people are excluded by poor connectivity or a lack of skills and their access to the services they need restricted?

Will new digital health apps, platforms and revolutionary personalised medical tools become available to all, especially the patients who need them most, or be there only for those who can afford them?

With data breaches day after day hitting the headlines of the national press, will people trust platforms enough to continue to submit their truly personal information online into the future?  How can platforms that are secure and trustworthy be developed and then sustained against smarter and more sophisticated hacks and attacks, or is there a better model going forward?

Corsham Institute, as an agnostic, not for profit, educational and research centre is focussed on a wide range of work that addresses these fundamental questions for the 21st Century.

At a societal level, Ci is working practically to find real-life and real-time models for trusted platforms and open, accessible, digital communities. These are not theoretical or top down models to be imposed, but active, developed, community-led solutions for the future, that can then be rolled out in our villages, towns and cities.

In Corsham, a market town in Wiltshire, 7 miles from Bath, Ci’s Digital Communities programme leads the initiative with Digital Corsham engaging local businesses, local charities, schools and community groups in new ways and through multiple platforms.

Our Digital Societal vision is an inclusive one and is not an end in itself, but one where the physical society itself is made more cohesive, where silos and barriers are softened and merged, where people begin to understand different groups of citizens around them more.

Our three level model is one that starts with the basic human right of connectivity. The right to be able to connect to the Internet is so important that it was recognised by the United Nations in 2011 as a fundamental human right, the need for which has grown exponentially ever since.

Connectivity has to become universal and ubiquitous, developed as a basic utility, equivalent to the electricity we depend on every day or the clean water we expect to come from our taps. This right to connect becomes ever more vital as more public services are delivered online and the IoT connects more and more of the objects around us. There is a huge amount of work to be done on the ethics of data and the right future model for the delivery of connectivity based on trust.

The second tier in our Digital Community model is engagement, designed to give people reasons to want to connect through rich content about their community. Developed with over 30 years of experience in the media, our local digital television platform is already delivering significant local content and engaging more and more groups in our communities.

Engagement is also led across multiple platforms from community led content on a partner, internet-delivered, community radio station, through weekly podcasts of people talking about their community, interaction through a range of social media platforms, a business incubation programme of support to digital businesses and innovators, the development and encouragement of clusters of existing and growing digital and cyber businesses and the physical widespread engagement with all sectors, decision makers, digital champions and influencers in the community.

The process is already opening up local democracy, with plans in place to begin streaming local Area Boards and Town Council meetings, to make them available to digital community audiences.

With a reason to connect, our third tier of interaction can increasingly be reached and further developed as new networks are built and people’s behaviour and engagement with their own physical space and community is transformed and enhanced. In turn, this develops a positive virtuous circle of digital engagement enabling further interaction.

As this model develops and its roll-out is increasingly realised, it has to grow through organic development and become led and owned by the community itself.  We have established a Ci Digital Communities Practitioner Group of different sectors of the community to ensure that the direction and the implementation of the Programme works across all levels and the developments we introduce are not hidden or imposed, but open to discussion and comment and most importantly change.

Corsham Institute’s Digital Communities programme will be expanding and engaging with additional communities during 2016, so further lessons can be learnt.

The results will be invaluable as many communities, organisations, companies and government come to grips with a positive and deliverable vision of a truly ‘Digital Society’.