A group of 11 municipalities have agreed to participate in a digital transformation program that aims to help them improve their digital approach to health care.
Programs offered by the transformation agency Rethink Partners and the Association of Local Governments (LGA) include “Strengthening Sector Capacity,” where local authorities will receive personalized direct support from Rethink in all aspects of healthcare technology, “Digital Leadership”, with 2-2 -1 tutoring and “Digital Platform”, which is an open access website.
The initiative, which follows the care technology support program that Rethink Partners and the LGA implemented in early 2021, aims to help municipalities adopt digital tools and solutions in social care.
The Capacity Building segment of the program sector will bring together three municipalities to co-produce tools and content to share with the sector and create a community of practice.
Authorities participating in this section of the program include Birmingham City Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Dudley Metropolitan Council. The Lincolnshire and Cornwall council have also agreed to take part.
Abby Vella, head of digital at West Midland Adult Social Services, said: “It’s great to be part of this exciting new program with Rethink and LGA. We will work hard to create a master class and good practices for the industry.
“Digital access and inclusion for everyone is something I’m passionate about and that’s just a more basic element for local authorities across the country.”
The digital leadership program, led by Rethink Partners, offers exclusive access to its exemplary leadership. It includes coaching sessions for leaders and aspiring leaders within the boards and an ongoing support program, as well as structured content and sessions.
Local governments involved include Norfolk County Council, Hampshire County Council, Gateshead Council, Rotherham Metropolitan City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
The Digital Platform is an open online resource that will gather all the information from lectures and other resources, both from the extensive collection of articles on Rethink Partners thought leadership and from external sources that will help councils expand their knowledge of the implementation of digital care technology and the improvement of lives. .
Rethink Partners and the LGA’s collaboration program is not the first example this year that local authorities are committed to a more digitalized approach to health care, after Essex County Council signs £ 9 million deal for healthcare and healthcare technology in early 2021.