The LGA in collaboration with NHS Digital is grant funding digital innovation in social care. Twelve councils were selected for the third wave of funding, with six progressing to implementation. Find out more about the 43 projects funded across the three years.
Over the last two years NHS Digital has funded 31 councils to provide digital solutions to social care challenges. In 2017-18 we saw Amazon Alexa introduced in Hampshire to reduce isolation and enhance independence; Luton and Central Bedfordshire improved the digital maturity of care homes and Norfolk increased referrals from customer services to appropriate voluntary sector support. In 2018-19 Nottingham is exploring an outcomes portal, Isle of Wight is testing exoskeletal devices for informal carers and Wirral is investing in biometric wearables to better understand support for people with autism.
In 2019-21 12 more councils will use the principles of service design to develop genuinely new ideas to improve social care, seeking innovative uses of digital technology in service design to improve the service user’s experience and/or enable better service planning and commissioning.
- The Programme
The 2019-21 programme aims to:
- use principles of service design to address social care problems differently
- develop collaborative, innovative and person-led solutions to social care problems
- measure the benefits, share learning and practice to encourage wider action.
Up to £120,000 funding is split into two phases: a discovery phase (April to September 2019) and an implementation phase (December 2019 to December 2020). During the discovery phase, councils will be supported to research and understand the needs, behaviours and experiences of users (social care service users, informal carers, social care providers, health partners and the voluntary sector. Councils will be supported on this journey by Snook, a design agency. Councils are expected to bring local partners through the discovery phase to develop a detailed proposal for the implementation phase.
- Discovery phase
Cambridgeshire County Council
Enhancing the independence of those with learning disabilities in the community during their transition to adult social care.
London Borough of Camden
Using technology to provide travel assistance and establish long term independent travel
Derbyshire County Council
Designing and testing a remote assessment process for some adaptations in domestic environments
Essex County Council
Exploring real-time prediction and/or monitoring of falls testing technology used in other fields
Providing direct citizen access to real-time information held about care needs and services
Leeds City Council
Digitally integrating care homes into the health and care system to ensure personalised, joined up care
Newcastle City Council
Exploring how community equipment provided at the right time to maximise independence
Norfolk County Council
A new process for booking and allocating appointments for social workers, care managers and therapists
North East Lincolnshire Council
Improving home care communications, rostering, tracking of visits, outcomes and costs
North Somerset Council
Using technology to support identifying and proactively manage hydration in care homes
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils
Identifying informal carers and developing awareness of the local offer of support and services
London Borough of Southwark
Exploring better management and prevention of falls
- Implementation phase
Following the kick-off event on 9 December 2019, the following councils are progressing with implementation:
- London Borough of Camden
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- Derbyshire County Council
- Kirklees Council
- North Somerset Council
- London Borough of Southwark
These councils will receive expert service design support from Snook and benefits evaluation and realisation support from RSM and NHS Digital as their projects progress. Further information and learning will be published during the year as the projects move to completion in March 2021.
- The Accelerator
Three new projects sought partner councils to help develop a collaborative digital solution to the following areas across social care:
- a people and partnership-centred approach to the new Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) legislation
- multi-agency domiciliary care medicine support
- home assessments virtual reality app: Think ‘Ikea Place’ for Adult Social Care.
The business case for each project shows frontline savings opportunities and we are looking for councils to collaborate in these key areas to drive change. The LGA and NHS Digital (the project funder) are working with public sector co-funding experts CC2i to progress these projects and the approach will be independently evaluated by the Institute of Public Care. Partner councils (as well as the lead council for each project) are supported by expert technology partners and additional funding from the LGA.
If either of the projects could be of interest to your authority, please get in touch. For more information or if you have any queries please contact email@example.com.
29 January 2020: Discovery phase case studies have been published for the 12 Social Care Digital Innovation Programme councils in 2019-21. Take a look at the overall discovery evaluation report for learning from this phase along with reflections on key themes from the first two waves of the programme including: assistive technology, data use and visualisation, evaluating digital transformation, the front door, user research and collaboration with care providers.
31 October: 2019 Discovery phase reviews have been published for the 12 Social Care Digital Innovation Programme councils in 2019-21
10 July 2019: Elaine’s journey through social care presented at Carers’ UK’s State of Caring conference introducing a few digital projects which may have improved her journey
4 July 2019: Interesting blog from the National Audit Office about lessons learnt from major programmes.
10 May 2019: The Local Investment Programme 2017/18 final evaluation report published, including a Social Care Digital project checklist.
30 January 2019: Progress reports from project funded for the implementation phase in 2018-19 programme
1 January 2019: Review of the SCDIP Discovery Phase looking at methods of carrying out a successful discovery phase.
If any of the projects could be of interest to your authority, please get in touch. For more information or if you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.