Jonathan Papworth of Person Centred Software highlights the ability of data to improve care outcomes and lift performance across the sector.

The social care sector is in a chicken and egg situation. Where on one hand there has never been a greater need for government recognition, funding and support – on the other, there simply isn’t enough data on care provision to evidence the requirements of the sector.

NCF executive director Vic Rayner highlighted recently that social care would remain neglected by policymakers as long as it lacked quality data.

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The irony here is that data will create an environment for best practice sharing that lifts performance and rules out the need for government policy.

Indeed, rather than tackling this from the top down, the best and only approach for our sector of over 18,500 providers, is to start building this much needed data picture from the ground up.

Home by home, data generated by switching from paper to digital tools could be used to improve care and report processes. Region by region, it could be used to gauge need and streamline provision. Nationally, it could be used to share best practice and inform policy making.

The good news is the solution is already available to care providers. Mobile care monitoring systems that gather high-quality data can be installed at most care homes in just 24 hours. And making the switch provides numerous immediate business benefits.

Icon-driven care technology can save every carer up to an hour a day in paperwork. On a workforce level, this can be the difference between a stretched and an operationally strategic home.

Not only do less pressured staff enjoy their jobs making them less likely to leave – extra time enables personalised care to become the new norm. This improves resident experience and
care outcomes.

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