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Competition opens for digital social care projects


NHS Digital has launched the third round of the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme, with the promise of local authorities receiving up to £120,000 each to support the development of new solutions.

It has begun the new competition saying that bids should focus on one of three themes: efficiency and strengths based approaches; managing marketing and commissioning; and sustainable and integrated social care and health systems.

Up to £30,000 each will be made available for 10 authorities to design a digital solution for 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.

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.”

The programme is a collaboration between NHS Digital and the Local Government Association and encourages the adult social care sector to use technology to respond to challenges in their local area.

Projects winning support under the previous round included Isle of Wight Council’s development of exoskeletons to help in the manual handling of people who need support; Havering’s work on an app to help social workers share information; and Stockport’s work on assistive technology.

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