Technology in home care resources

Considering new technology for your home care organisation? Unique IQ has compiled a list of useful resources to help you decide which type of technology is right for your care provision.

These websites can help to understand the jargon, review the software on the market, assist with choosing the right product and bring the latest trends and news into one place.

Tech for Care – the only UK dedicated website that finds and reviews software and technologies used within care. The Tech for Care website is a fantastic source of information and provides extensive details about the different types of technology available to the care industry. Covering a wide range of categories including care management, assistive technology, health care and e-learning, the website also produces publications and seminars dedicated to technology and digital care.

For those who aren’t tech-savvy, the Tech for Care website also provides an online academy with courses focused on bringing people’s knowledge and understanding of digital care up-to-date.

CASPA – an independent association of software providers with technology that is specifically tailored to the care sector. Its website has some interesting resources particularly useful for home care agencies looking to switch to digital in the future, or for those who are thinking of changing their care management software provider.

The white paper ‘Guidance and Best Practice for Adoption of Electronic Care Management Systems’ is aimed at those who are new to the home care industry or are still using paper-based systems. Providing step-by-step guidance from start to finish, the whitepaper offers a clear understanding of the benefits of eMAR, and how easy it can be to digitalise a care management system.

TSA Group – the TSA is the industry body for technology enabled care (TEC) services. Representing over 350 organisations it works on behalf of organisations across the health and social care sectors, including private sector, Government and charities. The website has free resources such as good practice guides, case studies successes and training available to enhance knowledge of technology within care.

Through becoming a strategic member of the TSA Group, home care agencies will have a key role in the growth of the sector, working in collaboration with the TSA and supply partners. Members also gain access to webinars, information, campaigns and events based around the growth of the technology enabled care industry.

CQC – the care industry regulator’s series exploring the use of technology in care. It looks at the benefits and share examples of where inspectors have seen it used well.

UKHCA – a list of commercial software providers to the UK home care sector.

Skills for Care – a guide for social care leaders on getting their organisations digital ready. Includes a digital capacity assessment and information on the GDPR and data sharing.

Digital Social Care – the Digital Social Care website is a website dedicated to providing advice and support to the health and social care sector on the topic of technology. Partnered with a variety of other health and social care organisations, such as Skills for Care, the Digital Social Care website covers all aspects of digital technology within care. The website is broken down into easy to follow categories, such as cyber security or choosing software. It also provide resources such as templates for continuity plans, 3rd party contract guidance and the best practices for adopting digital technology.

NHSX – NHSX is a joint unit bringing together teams from the Department of Health and Social care, NHS England and NHS Improvement with the drive to bring a digital transformation of care. Alongside the latest news and future tech plans, the website encourages those within the health and social care sectors to voice opinions on its current digital maturity and which areas need improvement.

NHS Data Security & Protection Toolkit – the NHS Data Security & Protection Toolkit (DSPT) is an online, annual data security self-assessment. Completed free of charge, the assessment allows home care organisations to measure their performance against the National Data Guardian’s 10 data security standards. The assessment must be completed by any organisation that has access to NHS patient data. The toolkit provides assurance that the home care agency is practising good data security and that personal information is handled correctly.

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – collecting personal data from clients is a necessary requirement to ensure you are providing the best level of care service. The storage, accessing and management of this personal data is extremely important and must be handled with the strictest confidence and upmost care of all staff within the home care agency.

To help understand what data is required, how to store it and what rights a client has to the data you hold, the ICO website contains easy to understand guides, FAQs and news about changes to data protection.

Kings Fund – research and publications on the topic of technology and data in home care

More resources

Looking for more guidance? Here are some helpful blogs which may help you work out which is the right technology for you.

How technology can help answer the CQC’s 5 key lines of enquiry – ways in which software can help you prepare for a CQC inspection and ensure your home care service is safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led.

eMAR FAQs – common questions about implementing an electronic medication administration system (eMAR)

Understanding how data security affects home care – frequently asked questions about data security in home care software.

Supporting home care through technology – five ways software like Unique IQ’s is helping home care providers deliver better care to the people that need it

Making software an easy choice – ways in which Unique IQ takes the pressure off the decision to introduce new software to your home care business.

It’s not about software, it’s about care – why the people being care for should always be the focus of any decision a care provider makes around technology.

The future of home care technology – our vision for technology’s use in home care.

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