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HEALTH MINISTER TARGETS SOCIAL CARE

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Six new projects to help councils improve the quality of social care through targeted information initiatives have ...
Six new projects to help councils improve the quality of social care through targeted information initiatives have been unveiled by health minister Jacqui Smith.
The nine-month projects are part of the Department of Health's information for social care scheme, which aims to help councils address information management issues in their social services departments.
The minister said each project would be an essential tool for promoting joined-up working between local government and the health sector.
'The main aim of these projects is to demonstrate innovative ways of using information and information technology to improve effectiveness and quality in social care,' said Ms Smith. 'By involving the users, the projects will also show us how best to share information across organisational boundaries, especially between the health and social care fields.'
Over the next three years the DoH will invest more than£50m into developing information initiatives in addition to the provision made in general council allocations.
The six projects include setting up
secure electronic links between council and health services in Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and a pilot in Cambridgeshire CC to input evaluations using a common assessment tool. Other councils involved are Hillingdon LBC, Leeds City Council, Newham LBC, and Tameside MBC. The results will be used to encourage best practice across the country.
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