Socitm commissioned to support Care Act information and technology challenges

Socitm has been commissioned by the Department of Health to support local stakeholders in meeting the information and technology challenges posed by health and social care reform.

Part of this will involve disseminating learning from the fourteen health and social care ‘integration pioneer’ initiatives. These were established last November to pioneer new ways of delivering co-ordinated care.

The Socitm events follow a series of regional events to discuss wider aspects of the Care Act and integration of health and social care held in June and July. These were led by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

The Socitm events will engage local authority CIOs/Heads of ICT, information management and other professionals from social care, specialists in care information systems, transformation and business process design, and other stakeholders, including health. Their focus will be on gaining commitment to, and leadership of, the local planning activities and implementation required for:

  • systems to facilitate new reporting requirements (by April 2015)
  • integration of health and social care (by April 2016).

The Care Act 2014 and associated reforms aim to make health and social care services work together to provide better, personalised support at home, and to offer earlier treatment in the community to prevent people needing emergency care in hospital or care homes.

Local authorities face significant challenges as they ready themselves for the new legislation. Case record management systems will need to embrace the more personalised approach in which citizens take greater responsibility for their own care, including those using the full spectrum of voluntary, private and public sector care services.

To support this, councils will be required to provide better social services and health care information online. They will also have to consider the data security and privacy implications of using the Public Services Network (PSN) as the basis for greater sharing of health and care information between local authorities and different providers of care, including the voluntary sector. Each council with a social care remit will be responsible for implementing these changes in collaboration with their partners and ICT suppliers.

The Socitm events will draw on experience in the UK and abroad, but particularly on that of the fourteen health and social care integration pioneers. They will be run in conjunction with the Department of Health, Health and Social Care Information Centre, the Association of Adult Directors of Social Care – Information Management Group and other relevant stakeholders.

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