17 Jun 2022
by The Homecare Association

Final version of 'Data saves lives' paper published

A final version of the Government’s strategy on utilising data effectively in health and social care in England has been published.

The ‘Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data’ policy paper outlines how data can be harnessed to improve the population’s wellbeing.

In relation to the social care sector, a series of commitments are made, such as to

  • “Ensure that at least 80% of social care providers have a digitised care record in place that can be connected to a shared care record… by March 2024.”
  • “Introduce a power [for health and care public bodies] to require [anonymous] information from all adult social care providers (both public and private)” to better understand the delivery of services across England.
  • “Develop, in collaboration with Skills for Care, a digital skills framework that will support the improvement of the digital capabilities of everyone working in the adult social care sector (phase one completed March 2022).”
  • “Triple the number of adult social care providers completing the Data Security and Protection Toolkit to at least ‘approaching standards’ status… by June 2022.”
  • “Develop an easily accessible data-sharing solution with local authorities and providers over the next 3 years that supports real-time decision making at local, regional and national levels…from June 2022.”
  • “Support care providers in adopting proven technologies that can transform quality of care and safety” (started in April 2022).

Mention is also made of developing a data framework for the sector that specifies what data must be collected.