National Care Association seeks digital project volunteers

The National Care Association is seeking volunteers to join a special interest group to inform the development of a digital service for adult social care providers to support data protection. This project will run until March 2021.  

All that is required of group members is enthusiasm – there is no need to have any specialist knowledge of the digital/data protection world. Members of the Special Interest Group will have opportunities, as appropriate, to:

  1. Receive invitations to meetings (virtual or face to face) with NHS Digital, NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care
  2. Have the opportunity to comment on documents, (specifications, implementation guides) and advice and guidance developed by the project
  3. Have the opportunity to implement (either at testing stage, pilot stage or as early adopters) systems under development or implementation by the NHS
  4. Receive priority support when piloting or testing these systems, ensuring you can implement systems efficiently
  5. Have the opportunity to help lead the journey in developing the social care provider sector’s digital roadmap

Particular areas we will be exploring include:

  • Development of a website resource for social care providers. Focusing on supporting providers with buying IT resources, secure email, guidance on technology and data protection responsibilities
  • Secure Email (including NHSmail)
  • Access to the Summary Care Record and other electronic health records for social care providers
  • The “digital maturity” of the sector, including developing and testing a digital maturity self-assessment tool.
  • Data Security and Protection (including the Data Security and Protection Toolkit)
  • Telehealth and assistive technologies
  • Developing standards for the IT supplier market
  • Providing advice on choosing an IT supplier for your business.

Interested care home providers are asked to complete a registration form by Tuesday 19 February. 


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