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Digital Social Care Pathfinders Programme 2019-21

The Pathfinder opportunity was aimed at local authorities responsible for providing social care and not-for-profit care providers, such as care homes and domiciliary care

Funding was provided to areas who have already piloted digital solutions successfully in small local areas. The aim was to implement them on a larger scale and to produce a range of products that will support wider sector adoption at a reasonable cost.

Twenty-six organisations were funded originally to undertake a development phase and in November 2019, 16 of these organisations received further funding to proceed to implementation, which was to complete by March 2021.

The Pathfinder themes have many things in common, such as:

  • standard information sent from social care about a person into a healthcare setting at admission
  • viewing of a standardised set of social care information by healthcare providers
  • viewing of a standardised set of core health information by social care
  • location finder – healthcare providers identifying a person’s responsible local authority
  • alerts to notify social care where a person is in the health system
  • single referral and discharge from hospital
  • use of data for prevention via the use of advanced predictive analytics
  • use of artificial intelligence, assistive or remote technology

List of Pathfinders funded for development and implementation

More information and contact details about each project can be found here in the Social Care Programme website.

Pathfinder Description
Bristol City Council Real-time co-ordination of packages of care and digital workflows across their Integrated Care Bureau.  
Friends of the Elderly Roll out of integrated Acoustic Monitoring technology with Digital Care Planning.
Hf Trust Roll out of 'My Health Guide' for learning disabilities across large user groups.
Lancashire County Council Implementation of digital discharge messaging service (ADW) and integration with local health care record. 
Leicestershire County Council Rollout of NHSmail and access to Electronic Patient Record to care providers. Scale during programme is 60% of Leicestershire care homes accredited (200+).
London Borough of Bexley

Use of remote monitoring and predictive data analytics to positively impact a person’s wellbeing and quality of life – aiming to prevent, reduce and defer the escalation of needs. Development of an evidential base to demonstrate the interdependent relationship between a person’s social, physical, mental health and social care outcomes.

London Borough of Islington Free text for predictive analytics across large region. Scale during programme is four local authorities across North Central London.
National Care Forum Creating a network of innovation hubs designed to assist and inspire the care and support sector to embrace technological and digital innovations which improve the lives of people accessing, or working in, their services.
Manchester City Council Extending digital discharge service (ADW) across the region. Scale during programme is 11 local authorities.
Nottinghamshire County Council - Interoperability Developed interoperability standards across health and social care in partnership with national programmes. The three main components are the Referral Service, Care Data Service and Healthcare Locator Service.  Scale during programme is in Nottinghamshire (7 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), one Local Authority and three Trusts). Intention to scale this nationally, including at least two Local Health and Care Record (LHCR) organisations.
South Gloucestershire Council Extending Connecting Care to care homes, and Digital Red Bag. Scale during programme is three local authorities and a number of care homes. 
Sutton Council Expansion and standardisation of the Digital Red Bag. Scale during programme is 20% care homes across South West London and national capability. The eRedBag Pathway webpage provides resources to support those interested in implementing the eRedBag Pathway in their locality. This includes implementation guides, benefits of the project and interview guides and is hosted by the Health Innovation Network.
Westminster City Council Expansion of care information exchange to care providers, local authorities and carers. Scale during programme is four local authorities and two Trusts with potential for whole North West London region.
Wirral Council Extending digital discharge service functionality (Assessment, Discharge and Withdrawal or ADW notices between hospitals and social services). Scale during programme is national.
Wolverhampton City Council Extend range of data for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning - for example, delayed discharges, housing, education, police and crime, socio-economic factors, the environment, private sector. Scale during programme is across two local authority areas with potential to extend across STP footprint.
Worcestershire County Council Extending AI and data modelling to include telecare and assistive tech data. Scale during programme is across two local authority areas with potential to extend across STP footprint.

NHSx have developed case studies for some of the Digital Social Care Pathfinder projects who are using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and methods to replicate predictive analytics. The case studies have been published on the NHSx website.

Contact us

Although the programme is completed, if your care organisation is interested in standardising information and developing digital ways of sharing that information between organisations, you can still contact to find out more about our programmes of work and how to get involved. 

Last edited: 14 June 2021 1:06 pm