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Dozen to explore digital care innovations

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Twelve councils have been chosen to explore how technology could help shape social care, in a programme commissioned by NHS Digital and managed by the Local Government Association.

The 12 were chosen from among 80 applicants and will receive £20,000 each to investigate tackling problems through digital technology.

Six will receive up to £80,000 in a second phase to design and implement their solutions.

Ideas in the first phase include using biometric technology to help people with learning disabilities and using skills passports to streamline employment checks and training between providers.

Kate Allsop (Ind), digital lead on the LGA’s community and wellbeing board, said: “The councils selected have chosen some important areas to address ranging from exploring new methods of linking residents with community resources to addressing social care provider workforce shortages.”

The winning bidders were: 

  • Bracknell Forest Council
  • Cambridgeshire CC
  • Haringey LBC
  • Havering LBC
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Lincolnshire CC
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Shropshire Council
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Stockport MBC
  • Sunderland City Council
  • Wirral MBC
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