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Social Services: Reform

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 139425, tabled on 14 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with social care providers as part of the Government‘s plans to accelerate the adoption of technology in that sector as outlined in the Government’s People at the Heart of Care White Paper.

Answered on

22 March 2022

We developed ‘People at the Heart of Care’ in partnership with over 200 organisations and people with lived experience of care and support services. Care providers were represented through the Care Provider Alliance and other national care bodies. Public sector commissioning and provision was represented through the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. Prior to the development of the white paper, we engaged with 1,200 care managers and care workers to understand the barriers to the adoption of digital social care records. We continue to engage via a governance structure, including the Digital Social Care Advisory Group.