Developing a medicines management app
Would you like to be involved with developing our new medicines management app? We are looking for child health professionals, and parents/carers who have an interest in working with us on our mobile app.
We are pleased to announce that ‘Version 1’ of our new digital tool – designed to help parents and carers to manage their children’s medicines – is ready for the next phase of development. Following significant user involvement in the design process, as well as many hours of testing and feedback, we now have an app prototype and are ready for ‘phase 2’ of the work. Read more if you would like to get involved with inputting ideas and sharing your experiences to help to improve and build upon the current prototype app. We would love to hear from any child health professionals, and any parents/carers who have an interest in working with us on phase 2 of the app.
Background – why did we need an app?
Since the Medicines for Children’s website launched over fifteen ago, we have received many requests for additional support to help parents/carers manage their children’s medicines. More recently our users, which now number over 3 million people, have been asking for a mobile app. Users have told us that they would like this app to build on the information provided by the main wesbsite, but to offer a more personalised service with additional features that go beyond what the website can provide.
What have we achieved so far?
- ‘Version 1’ of the app – the prototype – has been completed thanks to funding from Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation ‘Tech For Good’ programme.
- This prototype app was developed with input from the three Medicines for Children project partners, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG), and the children’s charity WellChild, working with Manchester-based social tech agency, Reason Digital.
- In addition, WellChild families have worked alongside us at every stage of the process to provide priceless insights into how they manage their routines and medicines at home while caring for children with complex health conditions.
- During the development process over 200 families were consulted and fed into the app – sharing their priorities, their experiences and their views of how an app could help in their daily medicines’ management routine.
Where are we now?
- Following a pause due to Covid-19, work is now restarting in January 2022.
- Phase 2 of the app development will focus on building upon the current prototype app, testing the existing features and also testing our assumptions as to what the app needs to do.
- For this phase we would like to speak to people who have an interest in using the app and who would like to share their ideas/experiences/concerns for the app.
Would you like to get involved?
- If you would like to be involved and input into the app’s development, please email the team at email@example.com to find out more.
- Two online sessions were held for health professionals to learn more about the app on 11th and 12th of January 2022. These sessions were specifically for child health professionals, with parent and carer information/feedback events planned for later in the year.
- The ‘bitesize’ sessions were designed to give a quick overview of the app development so far and to share our plans for the next phase.
- Recordings of these sessions will be available to view here shortly, as will a full write up of the Q&A that took place following the presentation, detailing all discussions.
- As we continue to develop the app, we would still be keen to hear your feedback and thoughts on the app.
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how you can get involved.