Claim your share of £4.8m digital project funding

Organisations that provide and commission adult social care services are invited to bid for a share of £4.8m to fund the roll out of local digital projects.

Applications for the Social Care Digital Pathfinders grant open today for existing products and services that have already been piloted in small local areas, or have a strong evidence base, with the view to implementing them on a larger scale.

The investment, part of the NHS’ Digital Transformation Portfolio, is managed by NHS Digital2 and supports the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock’s vision for interoperability and openness, open standards and appropriate infrastructure.

The selected Digital Pathfinders will begin with a four-month development phase followed by a 13-month implementation phase if development is successful.

Applications can be made by adult social care providers with not for profit status, local authorities and academic organisations based in England.  Partnerships and consortiums are welcomed and encouraged.

There are two main themes to this programme of work:

1. Use of standards to support whole health and care system interoperability, for example:

  • sharing of information across the health and social care system to support efficient access to care, and for direct care
  • real time event alerts that notify a social care provider when a citizen receiving social care support has been admitted to hospital, discharged from hospital and other appropriate flags
  • removal of fax machines from care providers through the implementation of appropriate safe and secure messaging platforms between health, care providers and local authorities

2.  Use of data for the prevention of escalating social care needs and for early intervention of those at risk of requiring social care, for example:

  • predictive modelling for adult social care demands and needs across a population
  • using data to highlight those whose combination of health, social and environmental indicators means that they are at higher risk of losing their independence

The deadline for applications is Wednesday May 22 at 5pm.

Information and application is online.

There will be two webinars on Wednesday 10 April and on Monday 29 April for potential applicants to ask questions. Email scp.general@nhs.net for more information and to book a place.

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