Adopting the right technology to transform social care

Adopting the right technology to transform social care cover

Tunstall Healthcare has supported the creation of this County Councils Network (CCN) report exploring how technology can support a system under pressure, people with social care needs, and the importance of implementing digital change across the care landscape.

This report follows their previous 2021 collaboration which highlighted the importance of placing technology at the heart of the Government’s plans for social care reform. Subsequently, the Government announced a specific £150m investment to drive greater adoption of technology and achieve widespread digitisation of social care. 

Having identified the ‘why’, this report helps local authorities consider ‘how’ they can best make use of this investment.

As well as transforming services, the report highlights that digital transformation can hugely benefit citizens, from allowing more independence to widening understanding around condition management and enabling more preventative approaches. 

Tunstall’s work with the CCN has outlined a pathway to adopting digital technologies effectively, from enabling local authorities, to ensuring excellent support services are fully embedded.

Practical steps recommended in the report include:

  • Balancing the needs of providers with those of citizens

  • Allowing sufficient time to embed change into organisational culture

  • Working in partnership with providers and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) to deliver effective TEC and data led practice

  • Realising the potential  technology has to reduce pressure on frontline services and increasing productivity