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Scotland Excel plans procurement framework for social care system

19/08/19

Mark Say Managing Editor

The national procurement service for Scotland is setting up a framework for a social care case management solution.

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Scotland Excel is aiming to make a software solution available to local authorities that will give social care professionals access to information on cases with the ability to update and share relevant information.

Along with this it should encourage the use of decision support tools and services and shared decision-making in frontline practice, and meet the interoperability standards for sharing information across different health and care systems.

In addition, it will include a self-directed support capability for the public, to help people choose the type of social care service their receive.

According to a briefing paper on the project, the framework is scheduled to go live in November. A procurement notice was published last month, with an estimated value of £28 million.

The move spins off Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy, published last year, which includes an emphasis on digital technology in improving workforce capability.

An accompanying statement from Lorrain Gray, then the interim chief executive of the Scottish Social Services Council, said: “We have a long term commitment to developing resources that support social service workers to use and embrace digital technology. The new strategy will make sure that they can make wider use of the opportunities digital provides to improve outcomes and create a better working environment.”

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