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Mandatory care sector dataset to start development next month

Collaborative development of a new care sector dataset for England will begin from July, providers have been told.

In a new vision document, Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data DHSC pledges to set out what data the sector needs to collect, the purpose of those collections and the standard to which it is collected by the end of this year. Collection will be mandatory for English care homes, the DHSC has made clear.  

The document also reiterates the DHSC’s commitment that by March 2024 at least 80 per cent of social care providers in England will have a digitised care record in place that can be connected to a shared care record.

The document  reveals that only 45% of social care providers use a digital social care record, and as of December 2021 23 per cent of care home staff could not access the internet consistently at work. In addition, it found that 45 per cent of providers expressed concern that care staff lacked digital skills.  

The DHSC white paper People at the Heart of Care sets out a vision for technology to transform care and support services.

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