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NHS Digital to plough more than £1m into digital social care projects

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Caption: Previous projects funded have included the introduction of Amazon Alexa into people’s homes in Hampshire to combat isolation.

Local authorities developing digital social care projects are to receive a share of more than £1 million in funding from NHS Digital.

Under the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme, 10 authorities will receive up to £30,000 to design a digital solution to address a specific issue with their service, with eight receiving up to a further £90,000 to support its implementation.

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The programme encourages the adult social care sector to use technology to respond to challenges in their local area. It is intended to support direct practice, improve information sharing and enable integration. 

Previous projects funded have included exoskeleton devices to help carers on the Isle of Wight and the introduction of Amazon Alexa into people’s homes in Hampshire to combat isolation and encourage independent living.

Pam Garraway, Senior Responsible Officer for Social Care at NHS Digital said: “Every year we see some truly innovative projects that take a creative digital approach to solving the challenges that local authorities face in social care.

“We are now looking forward to seeing the exciting proposals that will come forward in response to this round of funding.”

Glen Garrod, President of ADASS said: “Digital technology needs and deserves to be an increasing part of our future. Local councils and partners can work together find their own solutions through the discovery phase and I look forward to seeing what emerges in 2019.”

The deadline for expressions of interest is 4pm on March 7.

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