Social Care Digital Innovation Programme

The LGA in collaboration with NHS Digital is grant funding digital innovation in social care, with projects ranging from new assistive technology to data analytics to predict demand. Case studies, lessons learned, and evaluation reports from existing grant programmes will be regularly added to this page.

2018/19 funding opportunity

Thank you to 80 councils who submitted expressions of interest for the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP). We are pleased to announce the 12 shortlisted councils:

Efficiency and strength based approaches

Bracknell Forest Council, Lincolnshire County Council, South Tyneside Council, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Managing markets and commissioning

London Borough of Haringey, London Borough of Havering, Nottingham City Council, Shropshire Council

Sustainable and integrated care and health systems

Cambridgeshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Sunderland City Council


Download the summary of the 12 council’s projects. They will now undertake a discovery phase for the next three months.

Download the information booklet.

2017/18 Local Investment Programme

The LGA and NHS Digital ran the Local Investment Programme, to support councils to use digital technology to improve social care services last year. Nineteen councils have received up to £50,000 towards their projects, detailed in the four themes at the bottom of this page. This includes case studies and lessons learned so far.


21 June

Presentation announcing the 12 funded councils undertaking the SCDIP discovery phase.

10 May 

Two blogs from Ed Humphreys on this year's and last year's programme 

27 April

Slides from LIP national event

25 April 

  • BBC Daily Politics Show segment about the Amazon Alexa pilot with short MP studio discussion at the end
  • Video involving a couple of providers and a learning disabled service user in supported living in Barnet
  • Video involving a young physically disabled woman called Georgie in Hants with an Amazon Echo

18 April

Blog from Mark Golledge on the importance of service design

Further information

If you have any questions about the Local Investment Programme in 2017/18 or the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme 2018/19, please contact: /