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Stockport explores digital solution for social care


Stockport Council is looking to invest in a digital healthcare journey to “overcome blockages” in its health system.

It’s received funding of £82k from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC) Local Digital Fund and will be working to see whether software can track a patient’s journey and highlight blockages and when people are “stuck” in the system.

“Improving the processes of hospital admittal [sic] and subsequent discharge to their own home is a national problem,” explained Councillor Malcolm Allan, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources.

“This award reflects Stockport’s track record of using data to develop digital tools to resolve problems. We will be exploring a solution that will benefit around 55,000 people per year in Stockport and has the potential to be scaled up nationally.”

Stockport Council will work with project partners Manchester City Council, Oldham MBC and Stockport Foundation Trust (NHS).

“Streamlining how we work together, how we communicate and pass information to each other, and how we record and report data from the systems we use will help us to transform Stockport’s Intermediate Care offer, use existing capacity more effectively and improve the overall experience for the individuals who use our services,” added Councillor Keith Holloway, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

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