High-quality care planning is at the heart of delivering safer, more personalised, care. Moving care plans into a digital format, called a digital social care record (DSCR), makes it easier for care providers to manage care and respond to people’s needs more rapidly.
As part of the plans for reform, set out in the 2021 government white paper, People at the Heart of Care, the digitising social care programme is supporting widespread digitisation across the sector to improve the quality, safety and personalisation of care and support services.
Most of us now use digital technology in some way in our day to day lives. It’s no different in the adult social care sector and often the same technologies and gadgets we use at home can be used to support how we care for people. But when this everyday tech is packaged up as “care technology” it can feel a bit technical...
Three years ago, at the start of the pandemic, we began an ambitious project to send thousands of iPads out to care homes. We wanted to make sure staff and residents could stay in contact with health professionals, friends and family. Fast forward to now, and we have a major programme underway, with a commitment from the Government to invest at least £150 million in the digital transformation of the adult social care sector in England.
Moving from paper-based to digital systems can be daunting and this is no less true for the social care sector . With so much information out there it’s hard to know where to start. Breaking it down into manageable stages is the best approach, as Alison Ainsworth, Deputy Director for Social Care Technology Policy in DHSC, explains...
Social care nursing advisory councils have now been launched in every ICB (integrated care board) in England and will be chaired by nursing colleagues from across the sector. Zoe Fry, a Director of The Outstanding Society and one of the chairs, explains her enthusiasm.
Data is fundamental to achieving good quality, person-centred care and has the power to transform its delivery. Michelle Dyson, Director General for Social Care at the Department of Health and Social Care, explains its importance and how you can help transform services through information, evidence and collaboration.
Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy, and Skills for Care CEO, Oonagh Smyth, look at the progress being made to create a national voluntary framework to support the safe and effective delegation of healthcare interventions to the social care workforce.
In 2018, the Social Care Institute for Excellence was part of a Department of Health and Social Care project looking at how people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs - and their families - can be in control of decisions about their own future. It's time to take that learning further.
The Social Care White Paper asserts ‘When technology is embedded into care and support services, it can be transformative, helping people to live happy, fulfilled lives in their homes and communities.’ It sets out several promising initiatives, including a new scheme to test new care technology. SCIE and Channel 3 Consulting explore what the future could hold.