New commission set up to explore the future of technology in social care

New commission set up to explore the future of technology in social care

A new commission has been set up to make recommendations on the role of technology in a reformed adult social care system.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the TEC Services Association (TSA) have joined forces to explore how better access to technology could improve joint working between health, social care and housing.

The two national care bodies will look at how technology can help support adult social care which is shaped around the individual.

The commission will bring together influential figures from social care, health and housing. They will make recommendations to government, the health, care and housing sectors, and the technology industry.

Chaired by health care leader, Rafael Bengoa, from the Institute for Health and Strategy in Bilbao, Spain, the commission will hear evidence on effective technology enabled care.

The commission will launch a report in March next year. It will include a series of practical recommendations to central and local government on how to scale up and mainstream the use of everyday devices. It will also detail data insights and specialist technology to extend and enrich people’s lives.

Alyson Scurfield, CEO of TSA said: “Over the last few months, technology enabled care has been a lifeline, improving people’s quality of life during very difficult times and supporting individuals to self-manage their own health. We want to build on this normalisation of technology and create a roadmap for improving social care through more innovative and informed commissioning of digital solutions. We hope that this commission also gives the technology industry impetus to invest their resources in developing solutions that are unwaveringly focused on improving outcomes for individuals.”

Iain MacBeath, Strategic Director of Health and Wellbeing at City of Bradford Metropolitan District and ADASS Honorary Treasurer said: “We set up this Commission because of a recognition by directors of adult social services that more needs to be done to integrate technology with social care. This commission will encourage local authority leaders to procure social care services in a different way so they lead the process and technology manufacturers can respond and invest appropriately.”

Taking Care, a subsidiary of AXA Health, is sponsoring the commission.


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