Digital Care – Supporting care workforce development in digital skills and capabilities
This half-day conference – being held in partnership with West College Scotland – will explore how colleges and care service providers can work together to develop workforce training in digital skills and capabilities, helping underpin the successful uptake and use of technologies across care.
Building on last Autumn’s conference with the College Development Network, the event will bring together an invited audience of senior management and workforce leads from across the West of Scotland’s social care services – including health and social care partnerships, independent and third sector care providers and the NHS.
The demographic pressures facing health and social care services have been well documented. Over the next two decades a larger number of older people, with increasingly complex health conditions, will require care and support for longer. Within a climate of limited public finances and resources, Health and Social Care services are being transformed to try to meet this challenge.
Integration, along with the ‘Right People, Right Place, Right Time’ principle, aims to shift the balance of care from acute to anticipatory and preventative – ensuring quality, person-centred care is delivered in the most appropriate setting for the individual and their family, often in a home based or homely setting rather than in hospital.
As highlighted by the recently published Digital Health and Care Strategy, digital technology will play a critical role in helping to achieve this shift. From better informing the way we design and shape services, to transforming the way those services can be delivered, technology has the capacity to make care provision more effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of citizens. Critically, it also holds the potential to empower individuals to live more independently and manage their own care at home.
As the strategy recognises however, ‘workforce development in digital skills and capabilities across the whole health and care sector underpins the successful uptake and use of digital technologies’. Just over 200,000 people work in social care and social work in Scotland, around one in 13 people in employment. Many more may be required to meet future demand for care services. If we are to fully realise the benefits of digital care, we need to ensure this workforce has the digital confidence to adapt to new technologies and new ways of working; as well as being suitably skilled and trained to use any technologies that may assist them in their role.
So how can colleges and care service providers work together to engage, support and digitally upskill the current care workforce? And how can we future-proof our care qualifications to ensure graduates are comfortable embracing new technologies and evolving digital trends?
Professor George Crooks OBE
Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Institute
Strategy Lead for the Technology Enabled Care Programme, Scottish Government and Vice Chair, Iriss
Dr Donald Macaskill
Chief Executive, Scottish Care
Principal & Chief Executive, West College Scotland
Head of Care, Loretto Care
Curriculum Enhancement Lecturer - Health and Social Care, West College Scotland
Curriculum Quality Leader – Computing, West College Scotland
Curriculum Enhancement Lecturer - Building Services, West College Scotland
09:00-09:30 Registration and morning refreshments
Liz Connolly, Principal & Chief Executive, West College Scotland
Session One: The rise of digital care
09:40-09:55 Chair’s Introduction
Amanda Britain, Advisor for the Technology Enabled Care Programme, Scottish Government and Vice Chair, Iriss
09:55-10:25 The Rise of Digital Health and Care, White Knight or White Elephant?
Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health and Care institute
10:25-10:45 Human rights as the basis of technological use and design: the potential of older people’s social care
Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care
10:45-11:15 Panel and audience discussion – “Re-imagining Care – the potential of technologies”
11:15-11:35 Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking
Session Two: Supporting and digitally upskilling our care workforces
11:35-12:10 SMART Homes: Technology Enabled Care – Transforming the future of care provision with digital solutions
Vivian Young, Curriculum Enhancement Lecturer – Health and Social Care & Joe Harkins, Curriculum Quality Leader – Computing, West College Scotland
12:10-12:30 Supporting and digitally upskilling our care workforce
Martin Glackin, Head of Care, Loretto Care
12:30-13:00 Panel and audience discussion – “Digital Care – Enhancing Workforce Capability”
13:00 Chair’s Round-up and Closing Remarks
West College Scotland – Clydebank Campus,
t: 0300 600 6060