NHS Blippit App Maker Project Partnership – Refer to Pharmacy

NHSRefer-to-Pharmacy allows hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to refer people directly to their community pharmacist for free NHS services such as the New Medicine Service or a Discharge Medication Review.

We’ve been working with Alistair Gray, Clinical Services Lead Pharmacist at East Lancashire Health Trust, on an idea to help spread of the word about Refer-to-Pharmacy.  After an initial chat, Alistair quickly saw the potential of having an app, that he had complete control over,  to aggregate sources of news, project updates, video, talks/events and so on for anyone wanting to know more about the project.

Bonus Brochure

With an hour’s training he very quickly made a really convincing job of the first ever ‘Refer to Pharmacy’ app and incredibly within 24 hours a QR Code and link were added to the latest print run design of the new R2P brochure. We feel confident that having an eye for detail, Alistair’s app will continue to evolve – in fact it’s at version 11 at time of writing!

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Every Success

Blippit is really happy and proud to support awareness raising of such a great project with it’s roots firmly in the NHS.  The fact that Refer-To-Pharmacy is being picked up internationally now too is a really positive sign.

Award time for Patient Safety

Refer-to-Pharmacy is a Patient Safety Award winning initiative; being the recipient of the Best Emerging Technology or IT award at the 2016 Patient Safety Congress.

Does your organisation have a project?
We’re in talks about a few other projects supporting the strategic goals of large organisations just now and we’ll hopefully be able to share more in time.  If you are from a large organisation, such as the NHS, and have strategic goals that could be supported in a similar way please contact us via support@blippit.co.uk with your idea.  If your organisation has established links to education already and would like to discuss an app making project or competition concept for schools we’d be happy to talk.

How to Update your Blippit IO Chrome App Extension

Updating the Chrome Extension version Blippit IO sometimes needs a bit of encouragement.

Many teachers have said

I don’t have a Chromebook

But to use this popular version of Blippit you only need the Chrome Browser not a Chromebook.

At time of writing we’re currently on version 2.2.4.  The quickest way to check if you’re on vers. 2.2.4 at a glance is that the tool bar looks like this.

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If you’re not on 2.2.4 then follow the steps below.

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updating chrome ext

Last

Update Extensions Now

Not Installed a Chrome Extension Before?

You can get it here directly  or watch the video first.

Want the Chrome Version of Blippit IO?

In the USA, the Chromebook is the number one selling device into education from K-12.  Globally, well take a look for yourself at how the Chrome Browser is doing.  It’s pretty incredible.

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We love Chrome and Chromebooks but amazingly so few people in the UK and beyond have got to grips with how simple it is to speed up access to applications in the classroom.
So we decided, after a bit of a prompt from @TomSale (it was on the to do list Tom), to make a quick video to show you and your students exactly what to do and how to do it.  Enjoy!

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Blippit Torus New App Launch – explore, scan & share!

Blippit Torus is our new QR Code Reader app built exclusively for Blippit IO App Maker users.

With schools moving over to the new Blippit IO we’ve now released Blippit Torus as an all new and totally free companion app that’ll make exploring apps, scanning QR codes & sharing apps a whole lot easier.

  • Log in as an Admin with your Blippit IO details to get your school view of all student apps which is ideal for seeing at-a-glance who has made what for evaluation/assessment purposes.
  • Logging in as a Student with your Blippit IO login gives you all your published apps in one place as well as fellow students.
Available for Android on Google Play & iPhone/iPad on the iOS App Store
Blippit Torus for AndroidiOS Torus

 

 

Want to stretch Blippit with some code?

blippit snippitRight now a lot of people outside of the typical ICT circles are using Blippit to enable children to make apps in other parts of the curriculum like MfL, English and geography.

Some people want to be able to code as well though so here’s a very quick screenshot of how to access this area of Blippit.

*Mobile users can tap here to go to the Blippit Ideas app to hear the recording via the Adding Sound button.

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Tip for sharing your Blippit apps

Just a quickie as we head towards the BETT Show (more on that shortly but in short we’re on Acer UK’s E100 running the Social Media Village including Blippit).

App Icons - BlippitThe app icon and splash screen upgrade from the other week has really made an impact for us in how apps can express themselves as individuals.

A couple of schools have launched their apps via their Facebook page which is a good combo.  A QR code worked well as did a direct link to the app for people to click/tap on.

The Facebook mobile app almost always opens links you share within the Facebook app so just be aware of this when  sharing your app link.  Parents need to choose to ‘open in Safari’ or whatever browser they have on their device.  Once they’ve done this they’re on the usual track for adding to their home screens.

Bit of a dull post but it may just give you a ready answer when a parent says “it won’t work!” on your school Facebook page 🙂