20th March 2017

In the Spring budget 2017, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a series of measures including changes for the business sector, public funding, education, housing and health and social care.

The further devolution of power across London is another step forward. As a partner to 90% of local authorities in Great Britain, we’re fully aware of not only the potentially significant benefits devolution brings to local authorities but also the challenges and difficulties in pursuing this new path. However, it was the investment in health and social care which really gained our interest, and no doubt many others. Paul Bradbury, Executive Director - Business Development

“The additional £2bn investment over the next three years is a strong step in the right direction. However, although extremely important, it’s not just investment that is needed. If we are to manage the growing demand, ageing population and huge strain on local services in health and social care, it is new and technology-based ways of working, which must go hand in hand with this funding. Part of this is tied to collaborative ways of working, which the government announced its support of in the Budget. As a supplier that supports integrated health and social care, we applaud any initiative that underpins closer working between health and social care providers to deliver improved and efficient patient-centric services.

“However, to make the most of such initiatives, organisations need to ensure that smart data and knowledge management is in place. An essential element of this will be innovating and making the transition to digital services. To do this, we not only need to ensure that modern technology is in place but that the employees are fully clued up and equipped with the knowledge to utilise them. Exploring pilots with the private sector to identify new ways of working will be invaluable. As we are living in the age of information, public sector services need to ensure they don’t fall behind and make the most of the opportunities and data available to them.”