Introducing the Connected Care Network


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In these challenging times we need a new vision which acknowledges the importance of bringing people together and using the power of digital technology to build and support more connected communities.

Care and support in the 21st century requires much more connected thinking across social services, health, housing, education and employment. Technology and social media can facilitate this process.

There are hundreds of digital technology innovations being developed and supported by a range of funders. Paradoxically we are not using technology to make these innovations more accessible and available to a large market which includes individual users, carers, commissioners and care providers.

We need a mindshift away from a focus on technology as a means to an end and to think about how technology can help address the challenges .of our age which include social isolation, loneliness, supporting people living with dementia and their carers, developing the skill and talent of young people and creating communities we all want to live in.

These are exciting times. As Professor Stephen Hawking said, when accepting his AbilityNet ‘Excellence in Accessibility Award’ at the Technology4Good awards “Technology is a vital part of human existence. They show us that the right tools in the right hands can help everyone, regardless of our frailties, to achieve our true potential and advance as a civilisation.”

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Introducing the Connected Care Network

  1. 1. the challenge 1 | The care sector has numerous stakeholders, each with their own perspectives.
  2. 2. the challenge 2 | There is no overarching vision of how we want care to be.
  3. 3. the challenge 3 | There’s a gulf between thinking and doing; we struggle to turn ideas into outcomes.
  4. 4. the challenge 4 | Service users and carers expect more autonomy and choice.
  5. 5. the challenge 5 | We’re in for a long period of austerity.
  6. 6. the challenge 6 | We’re now a digitally connected society.
  7. 7. what is the network? An association of 21st century practitioners which aims: To take a holistic view of care that includes all involved in providing, commissioning, funding and researching care solutions, from policy makers to the front line. To nurture innovative approaches to care and support which bring together stakeholders from across the public, academic, private and not-for-profit sectors. To encourage all those involved with care to work more closely together, to avoid unnecessary duplication and to turn policy and research into impact and outcomes. To provide an independent and authoritative voice which promotes investment in new models of care, supporting innovation and economic growth.
  8. 8. our model funders government, funding bodies, philanthropy researchers academics, quangos, research bodies network engagement knowledge transfer communication innovation events providers carers, private sector, not-for-profit sector, social enterprise commissioners service users, local authorities, health service housing associations
  9. 9. circle of concern the interconnected and overlapping issues affecting all working in the sector power of the network to extend influence through effective collaboration circle of influence the extent of any organization’s or individual’s reach within the sector how it works
  10. 10. achieving positive outcomes for service users, carers and families is at the very heart of network’s approach how it works
  11. 11. care in the digital age The network’s first initiative. A one day conference designed to help participants to deliver more user-focused, cost effective services by showcasing digital technologies that offer new ways of supporting service users and carers. The event presents digital technology solutions across a wide range from personal networks through to ‘keeping in touch’ systems and meal sharing initiatives. The emphasis is on technologies that promote independence, diminish social isolation and address the issue of digital exclusion. It draws on our experience of the availability, impact and effectiveness of web and app based systems in the sector and also focuses on the use of social media to facilitate more joined-up working.
  12. 12. opportunities for collaboration?