Vicky is programme director Connected Local Government, a regular host on CLGdotTV programmes and has served public sector IT for more than 25 years@vickysargent
Mark Nicholas, Chief Social Worker, NHS Digital and David Watts, Director of Adult Services, Wolverhampton CC in conversation with Vicky Sargent of CLGdotTV
Social care serves a vulnerable population including a rapidly growing numbers of elderly people, many with chronic illnesses or impairments. By contrast, funding for social care has diminished, rather than increased in recent years.
Against this background, the panel came up with a range of ways that ‘digital’ could support social care including:
- helping vulnerable people connect to services that could monitor their wellbeing without being intrusive (apps and remote monitoring)
- supporting a more agile workforce so they can do ‘paperwork’ while in the field and be deployed more effectively by managers
- enabling people to self-manage conditions, often using ordinary consumer technologies
The conversation includes discussion of the NHS Apps Library; the role of online information, advice, and guidance; social care information to be published on the new NHS.UK website; and a forthcoming campaignby NHS Digital to raise social workers’ awareness of digital technologies.
will focus on social care and health, topics covered will include: