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LGA plans programme for digital in adult social care


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Local Government Association (LGA) is planning to run a programme to strengthen councils’ digital capability in adult social care.

It is planning to work with transformation agency Rethink Partners until spring of next year in supporting 11 local authorities in adopting tools and solutions.

The LGA and the consultancy have already worked together on the Care Technology Support Programme early this year.

They will provide segments on Strengthening Sector Capability – under which councils will receive direct bespoke support from Rethink Partners on all aspects of care technology – Digital Leadership and Digital Platform.

The councils taking part in the programme are Birmingham, Telford and Wrekin, Stoke-on-Trent, Dudley, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, Norfolk, Hampshire, Gateshead, Rotherham and Nottinghamshire.

Tools and content

The Strengthening Sector Capability segment will bring together three councils to co-produce tools and content to share with the sector and develop a community of practice.  

Digital Leadership will include coaching sessions and an ongoing programme of support, in addition to structured content.

Digital Platform is an open access website that will pool together all of the information from the master classes and other resources, both from Rethink Partners’ collection of thought leadership articles and external sources.

Abby Vella, digital lead at West Midland Adult Social Services, said: “We’ll be working hard to create a masterclass and best practice for the sector. Digital access and inclusion for all is something I’m really passionate about and this is just another building block for local authorities around the country.” 

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