Place based social care

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    Thursday04Apr 2019
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    Blog: Sophia Kleanthous, Health and Social Care Programme Manager here at techUK as part of our #PlaceBasedInnovation campaign week.

In 2012 the Health and Social Care Act was passed by government and came into force in 2014. This drastically changed the health and social care landscape. Social care services were reorganized, and local government became the main owners of social care provision as well as most mental health and secondary care. This means that local governments now have the authority to choose which services to spend funding on and which has the best impact on the community.

techUK’s place based campaign this week is focused on place-based services which are integrated within the community and not only meet the needs of the council but the larger place too, e.g. integrated care models in health and social care that work with community care groups. Fundamentally, in order to create the best possible user experience for the individual, local public services including the police, health and social care services must work together to ensure care is fully integrated and data is shared in order to advance this relationship and speed up administration issues. For example, if an individual was in an accident and the ambulance services had created a digital record of their injuries and the case and the individual wanted to report the incident to the police the information could be quickly passed onto the police services...

According to NHS Digital figures, social care spending by local authorities rose by £556m in 2016/17 to £17.5bn and LGiU’s State of Local Government Finance 2018 survey found that adult social care remains the greatest long-term pressure for councils, with 38% of respondents putting it top of their list. Social care continues to dominate the headlines and these stark figures show that many local public services will not be able to continue to deliver adult social care services as they are.

One of the largest issues facing health and social care integration is that care home providers struggle to access patient information held in the NHS systems due to a lack of sophisticated technology with many care homes still having no WIFI and the reliance on paper-based systems. It is also important that discussions on social care systems providers must include informal carers to ensure every area of the social care system is integrated. Local authorities must be aware of the challenges and work together to improve social care outcomes. 

As a result, we are now in the process of creating a working group on Social Care mirroring the local government provision by having both the health and social care and local government teams working together to respond to some of the largest challenges in social care technology.  We are currently in the process of writing a vision paper on social care which will feature our recommendations for the 10 principles of social care. You can find more information here on our recent social care roundtable with members and the digital team at the Department of Health and Social Care here. The aim of the working group is to ultimately respond to government consultations, specifically the upcoming green paper on social care by the Department of Health and Social Care.

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