Skills for Care has produced a new digital readiness online assessment for providers to see how they are progressing towards the use of digital in their service.
The free tool will help employers to measure their use of digital technology, including finding out how capable and equipped staff are in harnessing the benefits of digital tools and whether the provider has the right infrastructure in place.
Once employers complete the digital readiness online assessment, an email report will be sent to them based on their responses, including tailored ‘top tips’ and resources to help them progress further towards a more digital approach.
The tool was created alongside social care employers at varying points in their ‘digital journey’ and will be hosted on Digital Social Care, a dedicated website launched earlier this year which is run by social care providers for social care providers. It provides advice, tools and support to the sector on technology and data protection.
Skills for Care’s Digital Project Manager, Diane Buddery, says, 'This is an opportunity for employers to measure where they are at on their digital journey. We’ve seen many success stories from many different organisations of various sizes, and it’s a great opportunity to innovate and make real, positive changes.
'I urge those who make the decisions about using and investing in digital technology in their organisation to complete this tool and discover how ‘digital ready’ they are, and more importantly what they could do next.'
Using and investing in digital technology has the potential to transform adult social care services, says Skills for Care. Katie Thorn, Digital Engagement Manager at Digital Social Care, says, 'We’re very pleased to have worked with Skills for Care to develop and host the Digital Readiness tool.
'We’re sure this tool will be used to support and inspire social care organisations across the country, regardless of where they are on their digital journey.'
Take the digital readiness online assessment on the Digital Social Care website.