The Digital Social Care Programmes and Scottish Care partner, Nicola Cooper, provides a vital link into Social Work Scotland's digital programme.
Their current focus is on:
Human Rights and Ethics
- To explore the collaboration opportunities with:
- Professor Lorna McGregor, Professor of International Human Rights Law, Director of the Human Rights Centre and PI and Director of the ESRC Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) project at the University of Essex.
- Neil Crowther, independent consultant and co-convener of Social Care Future, London. An independent expert on equality, human rights and social change
In June 2022 Lorna McGregor and Neil Crowther published "A Digital Cage is Still a Cage How can new and emerging digital technologies advance, rather than put at risk, the human rights of older people who draw on social care?". We intend to collaborate on issues arising in the report, which will also provide a link into international work in this area and support the rights-based agenda in the area of digital tech and the human rights of older people.
Exploring and simulating data sharing in the care home context (Dumfries and Galloway)
To build an understanding of meaningful data sharing in the care home context (involving multiple stakeholders e.g. staff, residents, family and other professionals) to identify a test scenario to develop a prototype simulation (e.g., simulating the sharing of data from the care home care planning software through the DHI health data exchange or Personal Data Store infrastructures).
A number of workshops have taken place to bring key stakeholders together to focus on "What if..?" scenarios looking at what is possible and in scope. Three journeys were discussed and a third workshop took place to gain a deeper understanding on the admission to Care Home from Care at Home journey, and how this can be used in the data simulation.
Care Technologist Programme
- To explore the opportunities digital will have on the Care at Home workforce via the introduction of Care Technologist (CT) roles.
- To explore how this role relates to existing roles and how it fits within a wider wraparound approach.
- To explore ways of sharing information/data, that includes tech support where appropriate, and to ensure that the wider care team can provide meaningful and personalised support.
- The Care Technologist Team have been in post for nine months and have been visiting service users putting tech in place.
- Ongoing collaboration and close working with partnership organisations.
- 12 care homes are now working with the programme, and learning is being shared across the UK with a presentation to colleagues in England in January 2023.
- The Care Technologist Team will had a stand at the University of Abertay Ethical hacking and Computing Careers fair on February 22nd 2023 in Dundee as part of sharing their learning and citizen engagement.
Explorative work with the National Robotarium
To explore the collaborative opportunities with the National Robotarium, trialling Maah and Bricko robots in care homes.
- Agreed partners to trial Maah and Bricko robots.
- Engage in co-design between the National Robotarium team and partners, as well as having support from the Care Technologist Lead.
- DigiFest Satellite session in collaboration with Project Echo and NHS Near Me Nov 16th
- Poster presentation at Care Home Conference Nov 18th
- Poster presentation at DigiFest Conference Nov 30th