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. Twelve councils have now be selected for third wave of funding. 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 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.




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

Kirklees Council

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

Recently added

10 May: The Local Investment Programme 2017/18 final evaluation report published, including a Social Care Digital project checklist.

25 March: 12 projects funded for discovery phase in the third wave

30 January: 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.

4 DecemberElaine’s journey through social care presented at the King’s Fund Outstanding Social Care conference introducing a few LIP/SCDIP projects which may have improved her journey

23 November: SCDIP Project Search Tool - Find out about the projects in your area through this new interactive tool.

Further information

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