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About Connecting Care

Helping health and social care providers make better use of technology

Following on from the Get Connected Project, Connecting Care was a Department of Health project delivered by Lasa to help small charitable providers of adult social care make the most of information communication & technologies (ICTs).

Our project ran from 2013 to 2016 and provided health and social care providers with the following:

  • a free ICT health-check;
  • independent consultancy advice on making better use of technology;
  • provide free access to donated and discounted hardware and software schemes;
  • provide free access to our technology webinars and ‘show and tell’ workshops on using tablet devices;
  • free monthly technology and social care news bulletin;
  • access to IT volunteers.

Our health-checks helped charitable social care providers around England to make better use of technology to save time and money with access to donated and discounted IT, and explore how new technologies like iPads and social media can be used in social care settings. Participating social care providers have free access to expert telephone and email support from Lasa, a technology handbook to centralise their IT information, an online community, webinars and lots of other free resources.

"A project like Connecting Care can bring real benefits to our member organisations and the wider care sector. NCF is very happy to support this initiative in any way we can and would encourage our members to get involved” - Des Kelly OBE, National Care Forum

“The visit has been a good use of our morning and we would not have otherwise taken the time out to actually think strategically about our use of IT.” – care home, North Lincolnshire
“We have all of the equipment, but just no effective plan for how to best use it.” care home, Newcastle

Who was the project for?

Connecting Care was about providing access to Lasa's technology consultancy, expert advice and resources. We gave independent technology advice, to help organisations work through a technology plan, along with signposting to quality providers of technology help.  We worked with small (50 employees or less) charitable providers of social care who wanted to:

  • benefit from independent technology advice on making better use of their existing technology;
  • know more about saving money using donated and discounted hardware and software for charities;
  • know how to take advantage of new technologies like social media, tablet devices and cloud based services.

Map of health and social care providers we worked with 2013-16

This map shows the location of each health and social care provider we worked with over the lifetime of Conencting Care.  Click on the map pins for more information about that organisation.

Technology advice for social care providers

Connecting Care was a Department of Health project, delivered by Lasa, to help smaller charitable providers of adult social care make the most of information and communication technologies.  This site contains our learning and resources.

Technology & social care e-bulletin

Connecting Care issues a monthly e-bulletin rounding up the latest technology and social care stories for providers of adult and social care. It's free for anyone interested in technology and adult social care.

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