A new approach to designing services: transforming local systems with TEC in mind.
Who is involved in the Transforming Local Systems Pathfinder Programme?
The Pathfinder Programme is being delivered as a collaboration between the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Programme, Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s ihub, the Office of the Chief Designer and Scottish Government Mental Health & Social Care Directorate.
There are four Pathfinder areas across Scotland: Aberdeen City, East Ayrshire, Highland and Midlothian. These areas are working on redesigning services within their partnership. They also have named partners in other areas which are listed below with further information about each Pathfinder project.
Aberdeen City (Partner - Western Isles/Na h-Eilean Siar): Improve services for survivors of abuse and define how digital infrastructure and TEC can support service providers in delivering effective outcomes.
East Ayrshire (Partner - East Renfrewshire & Orkney): Whole system TEC to support frail older people to live at home & self-manage in a defined locality (Irvine Valley) building on existing peer mentoring. Think TEC first.
Highland (Partner - NHS Ayrshire & Arran): Redesign breathlessness response to increase consistency, reduce fragmentation and use technology to reduce travel, exacerbation and improve self-management.
Midlothian (Partner - South Lanarkshire): Improve the experience of people with frailty, their families, carers and staff by incorporating TEC/digital design in transforming care and addressing structural barriers.
Aims and Objectives
The pathfinders share a common focus on principles which can be summarised as:
- Prevention - Transformation of local health and social care services using digital technology to shift local delivery upstream to prevention and self-management.
- Person centred - Developing services with and for citizens, users of those services and carers
- Place oriented - Focussing on particular localities or self-identified communities
- Partnership inclusive - Equally including health and care, housing, independent and third sectors
- Personal outcomes - Contributing to improved personal and service outcomes and relevant national indicators
Transforming Local Systems Pathfinder Programme: Funding and Timescales
The Pathfinder Programme is set to run for at least two years from April 2019, with the potential to extend for a further year, based on a review of impact and effectiveness. The TEC programme has made a significant funding commitment to this programme of work of up to £700k for two years, with the intention to fund for an additional third year. The relatively high levels of funding reflect the transformative ambition of the programme, which will create capacity at a local level and secure appropriate priority and profile locally and nationally.