The National Care Forum (NCF) is seeking to inspire the care sector to embrace digital technology with a new initiative.
The Hubble Project, which is funded by NHS Digital’s Digital Pathfinders Programme, offers senior decision makers the chance to virtually visit ‘innovation hubs’ (via webinar) to learn how other care providers have introduced, used and evaluated digital technology to improve care. The sessions cover a wide range of technology so that they will be of value to all care providers, regardless of where they are on their digital journey.
Vic Rayner, chief executive of NCF, (pictured) said: “Many care providers want to progress along their digital journey – but they feel they don’t have the knowledge or confidence to make what can be big decisions about investment and implementation in technology. Being able to learn from colleagues who have been there and done that can overcome some of those concerns.
“These are warts-and-all sessions, where care providers will share the lessons they have learned. Our virtual visitors will also have access to a wide range of resources after the visits, including a toolkit to support building a business case, getting buy in, and implementation. And the tech suppliers featured during the sessions are also offering participants a time-limited reduction on the cost of their technology.”
The hubs are based in three care settings in England and showcase a range of technologies that include: electronic care planning, eMAR, acoustic monitoring, circadian lighting, sensor technology and telecare.
Through a mixture of pre-recorded content and live Q&A, managers and staff will demonstrate the technology that they use, and share their digital journey, including how they came to adopt it, the challenges and the benefits of implementing and using it, and the use of data to improve the quality of care.
The virtual visit sessions, which will take place between September 2020 and December 2020, are aimed at decision makers within residential, home care and housing providers. The session hosted by Johnnie Johnson Housing will be of particular interest to housing associations, retirement communities and home care providers.
Bookings are now open for the 30 sessions at www.nationalcareforum.org.uk