NHS Digital has recently updated outputs of the Social Care Programme, a five-year programme to drive the digital development of social care.
This included funding Digital Social Care and the National Care Forum’s Hubble Project.
Digital’s Social Care Programme ran from April 2016 to March 2021 and funded over 100 projects with a total investment of £22.8 million. The funded projects predicted a lifetime benefit of £103.2 million on completion.
There were three waves of funding over the programme lifetime:
- Social Care Digital Innovation Programme 2019-21 (12 projects were funded for a discovery phase, six of which were subsequently funded to implement their solutions)
- Social Care Digital Pathfinders 2019-21 (26 projects were funded for the development phase, 16 of which were provided funding to scale up implementation)
- Social care Digital Innovation Accelerator (SDCIA) – these projects were launched from 2019 and provided over £500,000 to encourage co-funding and collaboration between councils on new digital projects of common interest with the wider adult social care sector
A particular success is the development of care provider interoperability standards in collaboration with the Professional Records Standards Body, HfT, Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils (LLR), South Gloucestershire Council, Sutton Council. These new standards support the better transfer of data as people move between health and care settings.