What is Digital Social Care and ICS?

Digital Social Care is a dedicated space to provide advice and support to the sector on technology and data protection.

The funding is to pilot digital social care technology with integrated care systems (ICSs) to include: infrastructure to improve access to high speed connectivity and devices for care providers. fall prevention technologies that can reduce the frequency and severity of hospital admissions.

As Care Vision is on the assured suppliers list (nhsx accredited).

What you need to know about integrated care systems

When different organisations in the care sector partner up to plan and deliver cohesive healthcare, this is known as an integrated care system (ICS). They are designed to improve the lives of people living and working in the area and to get the most value out of the available manpower and resources. ICSs were officially established in England on a statutory basis in July 2022, following years of locally-led planning, NHS recommendations and the passage of the Health and Care Act 2022.

Which groups and organisations make up an ICS?

To start with, an ICS partnership brings together a wide-ranging alliance of stakeholders involved in improving people’s health and wellbeing within a certain ICS area. They are headed up by an ICS partnership committee made up of representatives from the NHS integrated care board and upper-tier local authorities within the ICS area. The committee’s primary responsibility is to develop an integrated care strategy.

Then, there is the integrated care board (ICB), a statutory NHS organisation that takes the ICS partnership’s strategy and uses it to devise a plan, manage its budget and oversee its execution. ICBs have replaced clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which have now closed down. Local authorities also play a key part in an ICS as they are responsible for social care and public health functions in their area, as well as other key services for residents and businesses. The NHS will also be involved in a local level, as will community and voluntary groups and carers along with local people and their representatives.

What is the purpose of an ICS?

An ICS works with the primary goal of improving health and healthcare outcomes for the local population they serve. They bring together all the partner organisations to pull together and share knowledge, effort and resources. The group will also work to tackle inequalities in outcomes, experiences and access to healthcare among the population, as well as enhance productivity and value for money. Finally, they serve to support the NHS in helping broader social and economic development.

This type of collaboration also brings other essential advantages, such as improving health of children and young people and supporting people to remain well and independent for longer/ It is intended for the ICS to help people with preventable health conditions, as well as support those living with long-term, progressive conditions and mental health issues. As the population ages, focus is also placed on helping older people with multiple needs, as well as making the most of collective resources to get the right kind of care to those who need it as quickly as possible.

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