Councils awarded funding to develop digital innovations for social care in England

Nine councils in the UK have been awarded a share of up £700,000 to design and deploy digital innovations for social care through a project led by the Local Government Association (LGA), commissioned by NHS Digital.

In June, it was announced that twelve local authorities would receive £20,000 each to identify how digital technology could help address local challenges and improve services, part of a "discovery" funding phase, and initial reviews have now been published by the LGA.

“All of this year’s cohort have shown true innovation which made it extremely difficult to decide who to fund for implementation,” said Kate Allsop, Digital Lead on the LGA Community and Wellbeing Board. “The discovery phase has enabled a detailed study of user needs to determine the scope of some really interesting projects.”

A pilot in Wirral will now see the council provide biometric wearable devices to people with autism and complex learning disabilities with a view to analyse the data collected to spot anxiety triggers.

In London, Havering Council is looking to design an app for social care workers to streamline recruitment processes and ensure information such as employment history or training can be securely shared.

The other seven projects will be led by Bracknell Forest Council, Isle of Wight Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Shropshire Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, and Sunderland City Council.

Last week, NHS Digital announced that the Care Provider Alliance would receive £784,000 to create a new service that would offer digital support for the care provider sector, looking to drive uptake of existing resources. 

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