Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced £240m additional social care funding to help alleviate pressures in the system over winter. The announcement was made at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.
Reacting to the announcement, Kate Francis, Programme Manager for Health and Social Care at techUK said:
“This is a positive step to help alleviate the pressures in the health and social care system over the winter period, often caused by patients waiting to be transferred. It will provide welcome relief to the NHS staff and carers who work hard each winter to help patients on their journeys through the health and social care system, and bring confidence to families that their loved ones are being cared for in the most appropriate setting. techUK looks forward to working in partnership with the Health Secretary to help realise the vision for a digitally-enabled system resulting in improved health outcomes for patients and citizens.”
With technology as one of the Secretary of State’s key priorities, he will no doubt be looking to technology companies to enable patients to smoothly flow from hospital to care settings. There are many examples of work being done by tech companies in partnership with the NHS to help integrate health and social care, manage beds in hospitals and care homes, track patients and coordinate their care, and ensure that people can be cared for and monitored in their own homes. techUK has published a paper outlining some of the challenges of the winter crisis that can be solved by technology, and curated a series of blogs from tech companies with the solutions.