Social Care Digital Innovation Accelerator (SCDIA) 2020/21

Councils co-funded and co-developed three Social Care Digital Innovation Accelerator (SCDIA) projects in 2020/21.

Building on the success of SCDIA 2019/20, the Local Government Association and NHS Digital are continued to support digital innovation to help local government and their care partners deliver key health and social care services.

From over 200 submissions from councils and technology providers, three projects were selected for NHS Digital match funding that support medium- and longer-term challenges in the response to COVID-19.

The three projects, involving 15 local authorities and public sector partners, are developing digital approaches to discharge to assess, virtual employability and wellbeing support for vulnerable adults, and active intervention management (AIM) for data-driven multi-agency safeguarding.

Councils can now access case studies for each of the three projects below.

If you have any queries about the SCDIA programme, please contact

Discharge to assess

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Birmingham City Council, Herefordshire County Council, North Lincolnshire Council, Sutton London Borough Council

The first discharge to assess discovery workshop took place on 8 July 2020 with five councils joining the LGA, NHS Digital, the Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) and programme evaluators the Institute for Public Care (IPC) to begin work on the platform to support safe and timely discharge from acute hospitals to community health and social care.

Led by technical partners Maldaba, the session covered a range of critical areas to understand the challenges that will need to be addressed including project scope, discharge to assess pathways, reporting and analytics, user profiles and permissions, and information governance.

Following further one-to-one sessions with each of the co-designing councils a requirements document is now in place and build of the minimum viable product (MVP) is underway.  To be kept in touch with this project please contact:

Virtual support for vulnerable adults

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, Haringey London Borough Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, West Sussex County Council

Working with six councils and the virtual support provider AutonoMe, the project will help people with learning disabilities live more independently, with a dual focus on supporting people to enhance their employability and better manage their mental health and wellbeing in light of COVID-19.

The first discovery workshop took place on 16 July 2020 and the rollout phase of AutonoMe at Home to 50 screened learners is now complete. A discovery report around the issues councils and service users face in terms of employability and wider challenges is available on request. Co-design work now continues with service users, care providers, social workers, and learning disability and employment pathway representatives.

Several councils outside the project are now deploying ‘AutonoMe at Home’ to support vulnerable adults to live independently at home and considering deployment of the new co-designed content in future. If interested in these developments, please contact

Active Intervention Management (AIM)

Walsall Council, Cornwall County Council, Dudley Council, Kingston London Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Sandwell Council

partnership between Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and key agencies including Fire, Health and Police this project is developing a multi-agency data sharing approach to enable all organisations to better support their communities and improve safeguarding. Other councils are involved to review and understand the approach in Walsall and ensure it can be adapted and adopted beyond the region.

Following the discovery workshop led by development partner Policy in Practice on 24 July 2020, one-to-one sessions around data and technical requirements are complete. The technical specification is due for sign off in October and work continues led by Walsall's DPO around data sharing arrangements and governance. This is an exciting and ambitious project to join up service delivery and prevent safeguarding vulnerabilities. To be kept up to date with this project, please contact: