Since March 2020 National Guidance (from NHSX, NHSD and Digital Social Care) and regional support across NHS and Local Authority partners for Care Homes has increased significantly and many initiatives have been rolled out at pace as a response to the pandemic. To improve oversight of this work Cheshire and Merseyside ICS established a Care Homes Steering group meeting which reported directly into the Out of Hospital Cell and four key priorities were agreed by the group:
A Senior Responsible Officer and Clinical lead have been identified for the Digital element and a Programme Manager has assigned to the programme since November 2020. HSLI funding has been agreed for the Programme. There is also agreed time and support available from the North West Coast Innovation Agency who are also supporting Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS with similar initiatives. This will support the development of regional collaboration across the North West region.
A digital working group that will meet monthly has been set up to oversee activity with representation from NHSD and local Place based leads across the Cheshire and Merseyside region.
Key activity for this digital programme over the next 6 months will be:
Activity and progress will be reported directly to the Cheshire and Merseyside Digital board.