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Guidance to support digital transformation of social care

  • Social care professionals will be supported to develop digital skills and drive digital transformation across the industry
  • Guidelines will set the standard for adult social care digital transformation in the delivery of quality care.
  • People at home and in care facilities are better supported to reduce hospitalizations through new technology

Social care employers will be better able to equip their staff with the skills they need to benefit from new technologies, enhance patient care, and offer staff growth opportunities. profession, thanks to new guidance published today.

To complement this, guidance for care providers and local governments has also been issued to set standards for care and support facilities as they transition to technology. digital, such as 24/7 virtual monitoring centers to provide quick and immediate support.

For those working in adult social care, the Digital Skills Framework will provide a structure where new skills can be developed. This will ensure innovative technology is put to the best possible use to enhance care, such as systems that allow care professionals to access patient information from GP records. through digital social care records, to support their care from hospital to home.

Staff will receive training on how to use technology, including virtual care centers where those in need can reach caregivers online for help and reassurance 24/7. . This will give caregivers more autonomy and independence in their own homes by eliminating the need for routine or overnight checks.

In some cases, care facilities may choose to use a new structure to assist staff in implementing new artificial intelligence (AI) monitoring technology that helps reduce falls by tracking the movements of those in need. person being cared for.

The guide covers seven key topics including data use and management, how technology can be used for human-centered care, and supports a culture of good practice in using technology for personal care. impersonal.

Care Minister Helen Whately said:

Technology embedded in care and support services can be transformative for both those in need of care and staff in the field.

Advanced technology in care facilities improves care and can increase the time care workers spend with the people they care for.

Guidelines and standards published today will provide social care workers with the support they need to improve their digital capabilities.

Sonia Patel, systems CIO at NHS England, said:

This new guidance is an important step in ensuring our digital ‘north star’ is visible in all healthcare and healthcare settings, helping to reduce inequality health in every community in the UK. We have worked closely with our social care colleagues to provide What Good Look Like guidelines for adult social care, based on a framework we have published for ICS and providers. level that we will update later this year.

In addition to the Digital Skills Framework, guidance for care providers and local governments has also been published targeting those responsible for digital transformation in local areas – such as digital leader, adult social services director, commissioner and service manager.

Developed with support from LGA, Adult Social Service Directors Association, Health and Care Partners, as well as industry stakeholders, the ‘Looks Good’ guide ‘ encourages smart platforms and safe technology practices in care settings to get the right technology in place that can be used to benefit local populations.

Professor Vic Rayner OBE, Executive Director of the National Care Forum said:

Delivering high-quality, safe, and people-centered care is the number one priority for all care providers. Digital approaches to care delivery will complement this work of care professionals and many innovative providers have led the way in driving this digital transformation, which is supported by teams with digital skills and confidence.

The publication of both the Digital Skills Framework as well as the How Good Looks guide will be an essential resource in the journey towards ensuring all providers and recipients of care and support can all benefit from digitized adult social care

Lieutenant Colonel David Fothergill. The Chairman of the Community Welfare Committee of the Local Government Association said:

This guide is designed to help local governments and care providers of all sizes and types modernize and improve the way they deliver care, such as expanding social care record system in their area. It will help support staff and establish a better system that frees up more time for care.

Digitalization of social care is one of the key components of the Health and Care Partnership program, implemented jointly by the Association of Local Governments and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. presently. It aims to help councils improve the way they provide adult social care, through developing and sharing best practices, providing support and building connections.

What Good Look Like, provides organizations and local governments with a standard to meet when looking for opportunities to modernize and improve the quality of care in their area through technological interventions such as Digital care records.

This guide builds on NHS England’s What Good Look Like framework providing clear guidance on seven success measures for healthcare and healthcare leaders to digitize, connect and transform services. services safely and securely.

It sets out a set of common goals to work towards to help achieve the vision set forth in People at the Heart of Care. This is a desirable framework designed for use by local governments and care providers of all sizes and types of services, including registered and unregistered providers with Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Digitizing social care is part of the government’s Next Steps to Place People in Care plan to reform social care and improve the lives of the 10 million people living. , work or provide, care and support.



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