New commission of industry leaders to explore potential of tech-enabled care

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A new commission created by two of Britain’s top care bodies is set to explore the potential for technology-enabled care in a reformed social care system.

It will make recommendations to government, the health, care and housing sectors, and the technology-enabled care industry on the role of digital in social care.

The commission has been created by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the TEC Services Association (TSA).

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It will show that innovative technologies could improve joint working between health, social care and housing, and offer more preventative, responsive support, shaped around the individual.

Influential figures from around the industry will join the commission.

These will include: local council members, care and housing body chief executives, leaders from NHSX, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Local Government Association.

Spanish health care leader, Rafael Bengoa, co-director of the Institute for Health and Strategy in Bilbao, will act as chairman.

In March 2021, the Commission will launch its final report, which will include a series of practical recommendations to central and local government on how to scale up and mainstream the use of everyday devices, data insights and specialist technology to extend people’s healthy lifespans and enrich their lives.

Iain MacBeath, strategic director of health and wellbeing at City of Bradford Metropolitan District, and ADASS honorary treasurer, said: “We set up this commission because of a recognition by directors of adult social services that more needs to be done to integrate technology with social care.

“We bolt it on the side of services but rarely commission anything integrated or innovative and this just can’t continue.

“Over the next 25 years, the number of 85-year-olds will double, and all people will expect technology to play a crucial role in supporting individuals.

“This commission will encourage local authority leaders to procure social care services in a different way so they lead the process and technology manufacturers can respond and invest appropriately.”

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