National award for Tayside health app

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l-r Professor George Crooks OBE, Graeme Cockburn and broadcaster Stephen Jardine

A mobile app, which gives young people information about where to access free condoms, has won a national digital health award.

The CCard Free Condom Finder app won the Mobile Health Award at the first annual Scottish Digital Health & Care Awards, which celebrate excellence and innovation in the growing digital health and care sector.

The Mobile Health Award recognises an organisation which has embraced the potential of mobile technology to deliver more effective services and offer service users more flexibility and freedom in how and where they access services.

The innovative Free Condom Finder app was developed by NHS Tayside Condom Initiative, which is part of the Sexual Health & Blood Borne Virus Managed Care Network, to offer sexual health and signpost to the 205 condom distribution points across Tayside.

Health promotion officer Graeme Cockburn, who is manager of the Tayside Condom Initiative, accepted the award from Professor George Crooks OBE, CEO of Digital Health & Care Institute.

Graeme said, “Young people told us that condoms were too expensive and they didn’t know where to find free condoms so the Tayside Condom Initiative embarked on a ground-breaking project to build Scotland’s first ever Free Condom Finder app, aimed at young people aged 13 to 25.

“This innovative project used gamification, smart analytics and cryptography in order to educate young people about sex and foster safe, consensual relationships whilst safeguarding their sexual health by providing access to free condoms and support.

“We are so happy to receive this award.  The Tayside Condom Initiative would not function were it not for the workers, volunteers and organisations who build relationships and trust with young people every day. A massive thank you to all members of the Tayside Condom Initiative.”

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