Sixteen local authorities receive funding for digital technology projects that improve social care

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced that sixteen councils will each receive up to £50,000 towards their projects, as part of its Local Investment Programme funded by NHS Digital.

The application process was based around five themes, one of which was enabling people to interact with care services through digital channels. Projects in this category are focused on the use of digital to support the management and delivery of care.

One of the local authorities awarded funding – Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council – has developed an online care plan tool in partnership with Idox’s Open Objects.

The solution draws on information, advice and services from Stockton’s rich directory of universal and community resources, providing citizens with an accessible online platform to build a personalised care and support plan. It can be shared with all professionals who have explicit consent, meaning that clients only have to tell their story once.

Part of the funding granted to Stockton was used to extend the scope of the project to include a secure application programme interface (API), which will enable the sharing of information with selected health and social care partners, and the re-use of data within their respective IT systems. The initiative puts Stockton-on-Tees at the forefront of Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) – a new approach to joining up health, social care and other services for people with long-term health conditions.

To read more about the solution at Stockton-on Tees, read our previous article here.

Alternatively, to find out more about how Open Objects is working with local authorities to deliver innovative digital solutions in social care, call +44 1223 422200 or complete the contact form.