Everything you need to know about Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), including DSCR funding for digital care management systems

Joining up local services to improve health outcomes

A digital care management system (Digital Social Care Record) allows care teams to spend less time on paperwork and more time caring for those they support, providing safer and more transparent care.

Currently, the government is targeting 80% of all registered care providers to adopt a Digital Social Care Record (DSCR), such as Person Centred Software’s Digital Care Management System, by 2024. 

Registered care providers can now receive grant funding for a DSCR from their local Integrated Care System (ICS).  

What are Integrated Care Systems?

Integrated care systems (ICSs) are partnerships of organisations that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services, aiming to improve the lives of people who live and work in their area.

For example, before using a digital care management system, compared to paper-based records, care home managers had to go into the organisation and sift through all the paperwork and hundreds of care notes to get an overview of what had been happening inside the home.

Care home managers don't need to do this anymore; with our digital care management system, care home managers can now click into the system and get a quick overview of what's been happening in the care home. They can access detailed information wherever they are and, whenever needed, read and analyse care records quickly, access care intelligence and monitor the effectiveness of care with ease, staying on the front foot, helping them to be in control. 

What does Integrated Care System mean?

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Health and care services work together to provide joined-up services for people - through integrated health and care services, people can receive anything, from self-care to intensive care to everything in between, throughout their lives. 
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Accessible, high-quality care tailored to local people's needs - focusing on individuals, understanding and listening to their needs and recognising that families and communities can play an important role in supporting health and well-being.

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Setting and improving standards and common clinical policies, along with strengthened clinical and professional leadership, organising and prioritising resources and processes that lead to better outcomes and more effective, efficient, and cost-effective operations. 

To improve health and social care for all, the government has passed the Health and Care Act 2022, introducing new legislative measures to make it easier for health and care organisations to deliver joined-up care for people relying on multiple services.

The proposal was to implement integrated care systems (ICSs) and aim to deliver better, more integrated care for people, with a better and clearer transfer of information from one professional to another.

Going digital – funding for CQC-registered adult social care providers

In order to transform social care, the NHS Transformation Directorate is providing funding to Integrated Care Systems throughout 2022/2023. The funding aims to support CQC-registered adult social care providers in adopting technology to improve the quality and safety of care, helping to make people's lives happier and more fulfilled. 

Integrated Care Systems will assist adult social care providers in implementing a Digital Social Care Record (digital care management system) that will allow them to access accurate information instantly, enabling them to provide better-integrated care to their clients.   
Person Centred Software, a market leader in care home software and provider of the UK's most widely used Digital Care Management System (Digital Social Care Record), has helped many care providers apply for funding and are working in partnership with the ICSs to host several virtual and in-person events across England.  


Are you a care provider wanting to know more about the Adult Social Care Digital Transformation Fund and need help applying for funding?

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