CQC head urges care sector to embrace digital technology

Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC chief inspector of adult social services.Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC chief inspector of adult social services.

Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care for the CQC (pictured), has urged heath and care providers to embrace innovative digital technologies to improve care delivery.

Ms Sutcliffe was speaking during a roundtable for leaders of the health and social care sector hosted by care home software business Sekoia at the Danish Embassy in London.

The CQC chief inspector said there were “huge benefits” in digital integration between the NHS and care sector noting it would improve care outcomes for older people and could help reduce the length of stay in hospital.

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Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, added he was “disappointed many of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans being produced completely ignore how transformational digital integration between health and care environments could be in improving care outcomes for older people”.

The roundtable gave UK care providers the opportunity to learn from  the Danish Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Claus Grube, about how the Danish care sector, and how care delivery has been transformed following the Danish government’s decision to digitalise all government services,  including in health and care.

Mads Fischer Rasmussen, chief executive of Sekoia, said:  “We were delighted to bring together figures from across the care sector for a vital discussion on the transformational role digital technologies can play in delivering outstanding quality care.

“We know many UK providers are keen to utilise technology in their services, but need support to develop tailored digital solutions. As Sekoia launches in the UK, we look forward to helping providers benefit from our unique, proven digital applications so they can empower their workforce and enhance care delivery for the benefit of the people they support.”

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