NHS launches app review website for people affected by stroke and brain injury

Created a result of patient demand, the NHS has launched a new website, my-therappy.co.uk, to help people who have had a stroke or brain injury find apps which will aid their recovery and rehabilitation. 

The website, the first of its kind in the UK, is a joint venture created by NHS specialists and patients who have previously had a stroke or brain injury.  It has been developed with the belief that apps can be a useful treatment tool to improve recovery and that information should be easily and freely available for patients and clinicians.  However, selecting the right app is key and so a network of app testers across the UK has been developed to trial thousands of apps for the website. The network includes clinical specialists and expert patients who use a unique critiquing system to objectively score the apps based on both their clinical value and safety for use. The website is not affiliated to any app developers and so all information provided is independent and impartial.  The apps are in grouped into different categories covering thinking, communication, arms and fingers, vision, my mood, eating and drinking, doing things, being active, relaxing, pain and got questions. To help users decide which individual apps will be of most use, each comes with a profile giving detailed information including cost, a link to download it, a full description, honest user feedback and a star rating given by both clinicians and users.  The response to the website has been positive: “In love with your fantastic website … recommending it. Great Job!!" (Different Strokes) “Will make a real difference." (Stroke Association) “Excellent." (Headway) Visit the website at www.my-therappy.co.uk
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