This important project will help determine national policy priorities over the coming years and guide the sector on where to focus its efforts in relation to digital technology and skills in adult social care.
While there are examples of innovation enhancing care outcomes, evidence remains largely anecdotal through the experiences of care providers, local authorities, technology suppliers and users and carers around new technologies. To date there has been little research to identify the specific barriers to innovation, issues around supply and demand, and what the right conditions are for the adoption and spread of digital technology amongst care providers.
There is a significant evidence gap around the digital capability of the social care workforce, including current levels of digital skills, understanding of future need, and current provision and outcomes of training available.
This research aims to cover these evidence gaps and provide a stronger,
Key stakeholders were involved in developing the scope of the reviews and the reviews benefit from the input of an Expert Reference Group which includes stakeholders from across the sector. As part of the scoping exercise IPC and Skills for Care undertook evidence reviews to summarise existing knowledge and to help scope other aspects of the reviews.
Fieldwork for the two reviews will be taking place between April and June 2021. It will include online surveys, telephone surveys, qualitative interviews, discussion groups and case studies with a range of audiences across England: care providers, technology suppliers, local authorities, care workers and personal assistants, people with care and support needs, and carers.
If you are a care worker or occupational therapist and would like to complete our survey to share your experience of using tech and digital skills please email [email protected] or call 0800 15 22 773 to take part.
If you are a technology supplier or a technology service provider working in the adult social care sector, please contact us at [email protected] so we can invite you to take part in the review.
More time is needed for meaningful engagement with the public on the NHS Digital data programme
The ongoing dispute over health data sharing suggests that we are now at a major crossroads on this issue. The government and NHS Digital need to decide whether – and how – to engage the public in shaping the implementation of this programme before it comes into effect, says Michelle Mackie.