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Adult social care: COVID-19 winter plan 2021 to 2022
10 November 2021

Building on last year’s adult social care winter plan, this week, the government have detailed the 2021/2022 plan.

Reflecting on what this means for the industry and for our customers, our health and social care sales development manager, Brogan Archer, has shared the following:

“As we move into the winter period, the government has released its COVID-19 winter plan to set out how high-quality care will be provided to those that need it most. With the challenges of last winter’s lockdown and the second wave of the pandemic still fresh in the minds of many, attention has turned to how the country’s most vulnerable people and those who care for them can be most effectively protected from COVID-19 alongside other respiratory viruses and seasonal flu.

The government has also outlined the importance of the ‘unprecedented’ shift towards digitally enabled health and care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognising how technology has made it easier for people to stay in contact with their loved ones and for the social care workforce to access the information they need to deliver care. We are pleased to see NHSX will be providing a package of support over the winter to help care providers make the best use of digital tools, including a new Digitising Social Care fund of up to £8 million available to ICSs to support a variety of care technologies within communities.”

Our Business Development Executive, Nick Pearson, added “We will be supporting all our health and social care customers to commission care quickly, effectively and at a lower cost, whilst maintaining the highest possible standard of care quality. Over previous years, the use of digital solutions has consistently enabled health professionals to tackle annual winter pressures more effectively; this year should be no exception.”

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