More than £1 million is up for grabs for digital social care projects thanks to funding from NHS Digital.

The Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) aims to support local authorities using digital technology to design and implement social care.

Ten authorities will receive up to £30,000 to design a digital solution to address specific issues within their service.

Eight will receive up to a further £90,000 over two years to support the implementation of the project.

Previous projects funded have included exoskeleton devices for patients to help carers on the Isle of Wight and the introduction of Amazon Alexa into people’s homes in Hampshire to combat isolation and encourage independent living.

Pam Garraway, senior responsible officer for social care at NHS Digital said: “Every year we see some truly innovative projects that take a creative digital approach to solving the challenges that local authorities face in social care.

“We are now looking forward to seeing the exciting proposals that will come forward in response to this round of funding.”

Local authorities bidding for the funding should focus on:

  • Efficiency and strengths-based approaches
  • Managing marketing and commission
  • Sustainable and integrated social care and health systems

You can find out more information including how to apply on the SCDIP website.