In July 2015 Liverpool City Council asked RLK Partnerships to arrange and facilitate an engagement event for providers of personal care. The aim of the event was to explore the role of technology within the future of Personal Care Services, and facilitate an open discussion between providers, commissioners and any other interested parties.

We had a range of providers, commissioners and social workers taking part in the lively discussion, answering “Why is technology important to the future of Domiciliary Care services in the city?” the majority of answers fell into five areas:

• To improve quality, both of the care offered and the services generally

• To improve individuals’ life, health and wellbeing, giving them control and helping with everyday living

• To increase, improve and promote service user independence, promoting self-help, reducing reliance on services and helping people to remain in their own homes longer

• To make services more cost effective and efficient, with better use of resources

• To meet the increased pressure on services as the demand for social care increases, and help address the pressure on LCC funded services to reduce costs, making less funds go further

For a full report on the event and the issues raised: Personal Care Innovation Event 13-7-15 report