The Digitising Social Care Records Programme aims for all CQC-registered adult social care providers to have access to a Digital Social Care Record that can interoperate with a local Shared Care Record.
These records will play an essential role in joining up care across social care and the NHS, with real-time information being shared with authorised individuals across the health and care sector.
The digital transformation will free up time spent by care workers and managers on administrative tasks, whilst equipping them with the information they need to deliver care.
Digital Social Care (DSC) has been working in conjunction with NHS Digital, NHS Transformation Directorate (previously NHSX) and CASPA (The Care Software Providers Association), an independent association representing the views and interests of social care software providers, to support the digital journey of adult social care providers in England.
The Digitising Social Care Records (DSCR) programme has been engaging with CASPA throughout the early stage of programme design and the information provided by CASPA has helped to inform the benefits case for the programme.
DSC and CASPA have launched a set of principles that, if implemented at scale, will enable digital transformation to take place while ensuring that the impact on people receiving care and care teams is significantly positive.
The principles state that Digital Systems being rolled out to Social Care Providers and their Interoperability must be:
This instrumental move will ensure that care providers’ needs remain the primary focus. Rather than trying to impose health-oriented systems on social care, the systems will be appropriate for the people using them. Any translation into healthcare terminology will be within the interfaces between the social care and health care systems, thereby protecting care providers from onerous data collection tasks.
The pandemic highlighted what our NHS and local government achieved when they worked together, from delivering the vaccine rollout to supporting those who were shielding. With the Digitising Social Care Records (DSCR) programme, the government hopes that care will be more personalised and accessible for people, they want to build on these successes by joining up health and social care even more to deliver the best possible care.
A Digital Social Care Record (DSCR) allows the digital recording of care information and care received by an individual, within a social care setting, replacing traditional paper records. DSCRs are person-centred and enable data to be shared securely and in real-time with authorised individuals across the health and care sector.
The adoption of digital social care records will help to provide better care for service users by allowing carers to have more time to care by reducing onerous administration tasks. It will:
People who have multiple conditions will hugely benefit from the changes as it will reduce the need to repeat their needs to numerous people across different organisations.
The main objective of the DSCR programme is to provide health and social care professionals access to the correct data to make more informed decisions; helping to create a more agile workforce with care workers and nurses able to move between roles in the NHS and the care sector more efficiently.
Digitising records brings huge advances for care providers across England:
The benefits residents/service users will receive by care providers using a digital care system:
Using a digital care system will dramatically improve the standard of care by:
There are many useful resources to help you learn more about Digital Social Care Record Systems.