The Care Provider Alliance is to begin work on open digital standards for social care, paving the way for accredited IT, yesterday’s Care England conference heard.
Following a £784,000 investment from NHS Digital, the work programme is designed to produce a core set of requirements for care providers to use when procuring new IT systems, as well as best practice for managing IT suppliers.
From now until March 2021, the members of the Care Provider Alliance will work to understand current levels of digital maturity, while helping the care provider sector to embrace the digital agenda.
They will also encourage uptake of existing digital resources that care providers can use to support integrated care.
NHS Digital’s Director of Primary Care & Social Care Nic Fox said: “Enabling information to be shared safely and securely between the NHS, local government and social care providers has the potential to really improve standards of care and the way that care is delivered.
“It’s really important to stress that the work being done here is by the sector, for the sector, which will help to move the digital standards conversation forward within the care provider community.”
The Care Provider Alliance is made up of the ten main national associations which represent independent and voluntary adult social care providers in England. They work to represent the sector and ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect it.