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Javid promises Spring digital health and care plan at Care England Conference

The Department of Health and Social Care’s first digital health and care plan will be published before the Summer, health secretary Sajid Javid said in an address to the Care England conference yesterday.

Describing digitization across social care as an “absolute necessity… not a nice to have”, he said that shared access to health and social care records would be an essential stepping stone to social care reform and unprecedented integration with the NHS.

In his address, he reviewed recent investments in social care, including the £150 million drive to increase care record digitization from the current 40 per cent take-up level to 80 per cent by March 2024. He admitted that this would bring cultural challenges to the social care sector.

Looking further into the future for social care, he said that the health and social care levy, to be introduced from April would help to put the sector on a sustainable footing for decades to come.

Workforce initiatives such as portable care certificates, leadership and development support would help deliver “the professional and regulated workforce that we all want to see”.  

He concluded: “I under no illusion that even with the brighter days ahead of us, the experience of the pandemic will live with us for many, many years to come.”   

The Pandemic has taken us to a crossroads, a point where we can no longer ignore the major choices that have loomed large for so long, we can no longer keep kicking that can down the road. I’m determined that we meet the work of recovery and reform with the sense of urgency we’ve all shown over the last two years. It’s a privilege for me to have friends like you.”


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