Digital funding to help adult social care provider sector build a digital future

NHS Digital has awarded £784,000 to the members of the Care Provider Alliance, of which the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group is a member, to deliver a new sector-led service which will offer digital support for social care providers.

From now until March 2021, the members of the Care Provider Alliance will work to understand current levels of digital maturity, while helping the care provider sector to embrace the digital agenda. They will also encourage uptake of existing digital resources that care providers can use to support integrated care.

The service will engage directly with providers to develop national guidance on a range of issues, which will set the foundations for open digital standards within the social care sector. This will include the development of a core set of requirements for care providers to use when procuring new IT systems, as well as best practice for managing IT suppliers.