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Information is key to the world in which we live and it is becoming increasingly important in the world of social care. In 2012 The Department of Health launched a key strategy paper, ‘The power of information: Putting all of us in control of the health and care information we need’.
This paper highlighted deficiencies within social care to use and share data and information to support the improvement of services and the experience for the service user. The way we use access, collate and use information is called ‘Informatics’. The paper expressed a vision to ensure that ‘informatics’ becomes a part of social care learning and development.
Skills for Care have been asked to carry out research to scope the roles currently employed in informatics in social care and to explore the need for further learning, qualifications or NOS in social care informatics for those in these specialist roles and indeed for the generalist social care worker who may still need to access and use information to support them in their roles.
We are therefore carrying out a public consultation to investigate the skills and knowledge to manage data, information and knowledge in social care for both the specialist and the generalist worker.
We really do need as many people as possible to respond to this survey and we are just as keen to hear from you whether you work specifically in information or whether you do not , even if this is the first time you have heard the term ‘Informatics’.
For this reason we are giving away 2 free iPads in a draw of those who respond. There will be one free for those in specialist roles and one for those in generalist roles.
There are 3 different surveys for 3 different types of role. Please select the survey that most closely describes your role. It should only take about 10 minutes.
- generalist worker in social care working outside specialist informatics operations – some example as might be residential manager, social care worker, residential worker, social worker, social work assistant, community care assistant, social care assistant, domiciliary care worker, day activities worker, or working in advice, guidance and advocacy, community support and outreach, employment support - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/informaticsgeneral
Please note we you only need to complete this survey with regards to any aspect of your role that involves dealing with information, knowledge and data.
The closing date for replies is Friday 1st March 2013.
In addition we are carrying out 5 public consultation events to investigate the skills and knowledge to manage data, information and knowledge in social care for both the specialist and the generalist worker. If you would like to attend one of these events please email your full contact details, which venue you would like to attend and which session (e.g. AM or PM) you would like to attend to
- 18th February – London, Skills for Care offices (10am - 1pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm )
- 1st March – Birmingham (1.30pm – 4.30pm)
- 8th March – Manchester (10am – 1pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm)
It is really important that we have engagement from both commissioners of services and providers of services, large and small. We are very keen to hear from Local authorities, large providers and trade organisations about how they manage information, data and knowledge within their organisations.