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Social Care’s Digital Transformation

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has embraced social care’s digital transformation.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:

“The provision of care centres around the individual and any measure that can help deliver better outcomes for people accessing health and social care needs to be embraced. For a real digital transformation in care it is essential that there is an equal partnership between care and health organisations which should be supported equally by NHS resources, be they financial or skills based”.

On 8 September Care England hosted a webinar with Matthew Gould, Chief Executive of NHSX, to explore the power of social care’s digital transformation. In its response to COVID-19 the sector has rapidly deployed digital technologies which in turn have brought about changes to work practices and new models of healthcare. The webinar explored how the focus of digital technologies could be sustained beyond the pandemic and become embedded in the fabric of health and social care.

Care England outlined the focus of digital transformation in terms of:
- Creating value and better outcomes for individuals
- Creating value for the health and care system as a whole
- Creating value for care providers themselves
- Creating value in greater safety and less risk.

Martin Green continues:

“This event crystallised Care England’s willingness to support digital developments and maturity in the adult social care sector. We were very heartened that Matthew Gould was so engaged and really understood the sector, there are a number of actions we can work on together in order to ensure that the barriers in digital maturity are knocked down”.

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Notes to editors:
1) Care England is the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care
2) Care England works to ensure that care services are commissioned fairly, efficiently and on a properly funded basis, to meet the true costs of providing quality care. Care England analysis indicates that where known around one in five councils (20%) did not increase their base rates for either residential or nursing home placements in 2018/19, despite rising inflation and increased workforce costs.
3) For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk 
4) @CareEngland & @CareEngDigital