Jun 19

New website launches to support the digital skills of the adult social care sector

Posted on Thursday 27th June 2019

Digital technology has the potential to transform adult social care services, and Skills for Care is committed to supporting organisations to ensure they’re on the right path to becoming ‘digital ready’.    

Launching today, Digital Social Care is a new dedicated space run by social care providers for social care providers. It provides advice, tools and support to the sector on technology and data protection. 

Digital Social Care is a partnership project between Skills for Care, members of the Care Provider Alliance and NHS Digital. The project aims to support social care providers with technology, data protection and appropriate information sharing with health and local authority partners.

There are 1.47 million people working in adult social care in England, working in approximately 25,000 services. Digital Social Care will be working to better understand the digital maturity of the sector.

As well as supporting the uptake of existing national IT solutions such as the Data Security and Protection Toolkit and NHSmail, the project will develop a set of core requirements to support social care providers in choosing IT suppliers.

Diane Buddery, Digital Project Manager representing Skills for Care, said: “As a sector we need to embrace digital technology more to offer truly innovative services.

“This project combines practical resources and guides to ensure the sector is equipped to becoming ‘digital ready’, ultimately improving the quality and efficiency of care. This is a very exciting time for the sector, and we hope this hub of information will inspire and transform services.”

Visit the website at www.digitalsocialcare.co.uk

Discover our offer of support at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/digital