Socitm to hold workshops about IT implications of health and social care reforms


Socitm is to deliver nine one day workshops across the UK this Autumn to disseminate learning about the information and technology implications of health and social care reforms that will come into effect from April next year.

The workshops will present learning from England’s fourteen Health and Social Care Pioneers and from elsewhere in the UK, ahead of the requirement for all authorities with social care responsibilities to implement:

  • reporting requirements (April 2015)
  • integration of health and social care (April 2016)

The regional events will follow two heath and social care summits taking place in Leeds (25 September) and London (8 October), designed to raise awareness and understanding, engagement and ownership of the ICT challenges around implementation of health and social care reform.

The regional workshops will pick up key issues from the summits and consider how these can be addressed more locally, with particular focus on practical steps needed to:

  • gain corporate commitment and leadership
  • connect the user and business requirements with the technical capability to meet them
  • ensure practice is fit for purpose to deliver the policy outcomes sought

The events will consider:

  • the user experience in providing access to health and social care services
  • information governance, architectures, integrated care record, open data, big data analytics, and citizen/community driven platforms.
  • how to deal with different priorities in specific localities
  • gaps in the skills and capabilities required and how to address these

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