A care technology company has launched a white paper urging councils to harness the power of social care data as a solution to the care crisis.
At a time when almost all adult social care directors are concerned about their ability to provide the care they are legally required to, HAS Technology says digital solutions must be considered to ensure the sustainability of care markets.
The white paper ‘Harnessing the power of social care data’ focuses on the growth HAS Technology’s Provider Assessment & Market Management Solution (PAMMS), which started out as a solution developed in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care Services’ (ADASS) Eastern Region.
Under the responsibility of the Care Act, councils are expected to have oversight of the quality of the care market. PAMMS is designed to deliver an effective means of ensuring services meet a council’s contractual requirements, whilst creating a two-way dialogue with providers.
Featured in the white paper, Iain MacBeath, director of Adult Care Services Hertfordshire, commented: “Hertfordshire’s story is not untypical of other areas, with councils seeing the financial pressures of a care sector that is under huge strain.
“In the East of England, directors of adult social services wanted to find a common regional approach, delivering efficiencies and consistency, maximising intelligence and providing real-time market oversight.
“A solution was born and we named it PAMMS. We have adopted a ‘do once not 11 times approach’ and have successfully implemented a standard contract for care, with regionally agreed quality standards. This approach has seen a 10% improvement in measurable provider quality and delivered capital savings of £550k.”
HAS Technology innovation director, Mark Thomas, who worked on PAMMS from the initial solution scoping added: “We’re now working with over 50 councils to use their social care data more effectively to improve quality and market resilience.
“PAMMS has the ability to be used in so many different ways to address some of the current market challenges. We are really proud of the positive results we are already seeing with this new technology solution.”