Digital Social Care
Digital Social Care is a sector led project aimed at changing how care providers understand the benefits of digital maturity and engage with technology.
We have compiled sector-led guidance for data security and cyber security, specifically tailored to be accessible for care providers. This guidance is intended to be used by care providers in completing the Data security and protection toolkit. Completion of the Data Security and Protection Toolkit enables access to NHSmail, a national health and care email system enabling secure information sharing.
Information standard to support assessment discharge and withdrawal notices between hospitals and adult social care
The assessment, discharge and withdrawal notices between hospitals and social services information standard is designed to increase efficiency of the acute to social care discharge process. It helps to standardise data being sent from a hospital to a local authority's adult social care department when a safe discharge requires a social care assessment.
Assessment discharge withdrawal
This project provides funding for local authorities to digitise statutory elements of the discharge process between health and social care, to improve efficiency and reduce delays in transfers of care. They are doing this using existing NHS Digital infrastructure and the published information standard to support assessment discharge and withdrawal notices. This project aims to have the digital discharge service live in 21 local authorities by March 2021.
Social Care Digital Innovation Programme
Run by NHS Digital in partnership with the Local Government Association, the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme provides funding for local authorities to support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care.
Digital Social Care Demonstrator Programme 2018-19
In 2018 funding was awarded to a number of local authorities to develop digital projects that support social care. The Demonstrator projects ended in March 2019 and aimed to help increase the uptake and use of crucial health information in social care settings. It promoted the value of integrated care approaches and sharing best practice to enable further rollout across the sector.
The successful local authorities, and their social care providers and healthcare partners, were funded to transfer health information into adult social care or vice versa using existing or new digital products and services. This aim was to improve care and support for social care users through better information sharing. This money also funded work on the use of predictive analytics to predict or prevent long-term social care need.