Responding to £4.8 million in funding announced today by NHS Digital that councils and partner organisations can bid for to enable them to roll out digital adult social care projects on a wider scale, Glen Garrod, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, said:

“Digital technology represents a significant opportunity for social care as it does for our colleagues in the NHS. We know that some people are using technology to help them stay connected, employed and independent. Local digital projects pioneered by my fellow Directors and companies with a particular expertise in better using technological products represent part of the future for our vital sector and this funding is a welcome recognition.

“Whilst this funding is welcome to assist adult social care to explore further ways to improve services, this is set within a context of rising demand and fewer resources. Adult social care simply must have a sustainable funding base to ensure all areas of the country have the wherewithal to benefit from progress in the use of existing technology and new innovations. This is a matter that the Government itself must find a solution to.”