Health and Social Care Week

David Bicknell Published 16 January 2017

Taking a wider look at health and social care where people and systems need to change in order for technology to work


This week is Health and Social Care Week in Government Computing. In association with Eduserv, we will be running a series of opinion pieces throughout this week around the health and social care agenda.

Why are we running them? Well, we agree with Eduserv that perhaps there is a need to change the nature of the discourse around NHS IT and make it a more positive conversation.

There is a consistent theme to the pieces about the need for people and systems to change in order for technology to work. There is also an emphasis on sharing best practice and focusing on finding solutions rather than highlighting failure.

We also agree with Eduserv's desire to underline the importance of local, deliverable and scalable change in order to solve the bigger problems.

The articles also link back to Eduserv's original reports which are based on extensive, qualitative insight into best practice across local government and the NHS.

In today's first article , Jos Creese, principal analyst at the Eduserv Executive Briefing Programme, argues that delivering integrated health and social care is so much more than a job for the IT team.

He suggests that while we need to automate and modernise, we can't overlay technology solutions on practices which are no longer fit for purpose. Instead, technology should stimulate fundamental change in our care services and how we all use them.

I hope you enjoy the pieces.


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