This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Print Page | Contact Us | Report Abuse | Sign In | Join Us
News & Press: News

Twelve councils to share funding to explore social care digital innovation ideas

09 August 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
Share |

Image result for NHS Digital

 

 

Twelve councils have been chosen by NHS Digital and the Local Government Association to explore how technology could help shape the future of social care.

Scoping proposals range from how biometric technology might be used to assist people with learning disabilities and autism in the Wirral to how skills passports might help the social care workforce streamline employment checks and statutory training between providers in the London Borough of Havering.2

The programme, commissioned by NHS Digital and managed by the Local Government Association, is for digital pilots by councils that will benefit people who access social care and improve services.

Twelve councils have been awarded £20,000 each in the first ‘discovery’ phase of funding, to investigate local challenges that could be addressed using digital technology. Six will then be chosen to receive further funding of up to £80,000 to design and implement their solution.

In total, 80 local authorities applied for the funding, out of a total of 133 councils that were eligible.3 The successful councils are:

  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • London Borough of Havering
  • London Borough of Haringey
  • Shropshire Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sunderland City Council

James Palmer, Programme Lead for the Social Care Programme at NHS Digital, said:

“The successful projects span a wide range of areas, from assistive technologies to predictive analytics. This funding will give the local authorities a chance to identify and investigate a local problem before testing out a potential solution. They will be sharing their experiences from the pilot projects, adding to our collective knowledge of how digital can effectively be used to support the delivery of adult social care. There are some really exciting proposals this year and I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes.”

Elected Mayor Kate Allsop, Digital Lead on the LGA’s Community and Wellbeing Board, said:

“The councils selected have chosen some important areas to address ranging from exploring new methods of linking residents with community resources to addressing social care provider workforce shortages. In the next three months they will be engaging with users to explore whether there are digital solutions to improve the lives and experiences of people needing social care. Projects will be designed around the needs of service users and complement the work of health and social care professionals. We will ensure that learning is shared across the sector”

For more information visit www.local.gov.uk/scdip.


Article Source: https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/twelve-councils-to-share-funding-to-explore-social-care-digital-innovation-ideas