The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the TEC Services Association (TSA) have set up a Commission to explore how better access to technology could improve joint working between health, social care and housing and offer more preventative, responsive support, shaped around the individual.
The Commission will bring together influential figures from adult social care, health and housing, including local authority Directors of Adult Social Services, Chief Executives from councils, care and housing bodies and leaders from NHSX, Department of Health and Social Care and the Local Government Association. The voice of service users will be represented by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and a number of leading technology suppliers will also join the Commission.
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.”
Chaired by internationally renowned Spanish health care leader, Rafael Bengoa, who is Co-Director of The Institute for Health & Strategy in Bilbao, Spain, the Commission will hear evidence on effective models of technology enabled care via UK and international best practice case studies.
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.