£1m for innovative digital social care projects

Projects that support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care are set to share in over £1 million of funding.

Provided by NHS Digital, and managed by the Local Government Association, the funding will support 10 authorities with £30,000 to design a digital solution to address a specific issue with their service, with eight receiving up to a further £90,000 to support its implementation. The funding will run over two years.

The Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) encourages the adult social care sector to use technology to respond to challenges in their local area. It is intended to support direct practice, improve information sharing and enable integration. Local authority bids should focus on one of the following three themes: efficiency and strengths-based approaches; managing marketing and commission; and sustainable and integrated social care and health systems.

Mayor Kate Allsop, deputy chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “We are pleased to run the third wave of funding in collaboration with NHS Digital, to stimulate digital solutions to social care challenges at a local level. We have seen some exciting solutions over the last two years and I hope this funding encourages further innovation across the sector.”

Pam Garraway, senior responsible officer for Social Care at NHS Digital, said: “Every year we see some truly innovative projects that take a creative digital approach to solving the challenges that local authorities face in social care. We are now looking forward to seeing the exciting proposals that will come forward in response to this round of funding."

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