Havering receives digital innovation funding to create social care of the future

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 November 2018

Care workers in the borough have been awarded funding to support digital innovations projects that will help transform social care. Photo: PA / John Stillwell

Care workers in the borough have been awarded funding to support digital innovations projects that will help transform social care. Photo: PA / John Stillwell

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Care workers in the borough have been awarded funding to support a digital innovation projects that will help transform social care.

Havering Council has been chosen in a competitive process to receive funding from NHS Digital as part of a project managed by the Local Government Association.

As part of the project, NHS Digital is looking for innovative ideas about how technology can help shape the future of social care.

Havering’s project involves the development of an app called ME which is a digital compliance passport aimed at speeding up the recruitment and compliance process for care workers.

Councillor Jason Frost, cabinet member for Health and Adult Care Services, said: “It is great to see our officers working in partnership with Lodge Group Care to develop a much needed innovative solution to the recruitment and retention challenges faced in social care.

“This could have a real impact on the quality of care residents receive.”

Havering is one of nine local authorities chosen to receive a share of £700,000. Other projects include the exploration of products linked to monitoring centres or devices used by family carers in Stockport and the potential role of robotics in the Isle of Wight.

James Palmer, programme lead for the Social Care Programme at NHS Digital, added: “We were looking for digital pilots that can advance frontline social care practice, improve systems and enable integration across adult social care.

“All of the projects we have funded will add real value, improving patient care and staff experiences. I can’t wait to see the outcomes of these pilots.”

NHS Digital is the information and technology partner of the health and care system.

Speaking about the role of technology, the minister for care, Caroline Dinenage said: “Without unpaid carers – young and old - our health and care system would simply grind to a halt.

“We know many carers receive limited formal support, so it is vital that we work with partners beyond government to raise awareness of their needs and find new ways to support them.”

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