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Wales explores new ideas that could transform social care

Health Technology Wales have put out a request to those who use social care, social care professions, researchers and the general public to submit their ideas for new technologies that could look to transform social care in Wales.

The deadline for ideas is 25th February 2022 and submission could include anything from support programmes, therapies, devices, new technologies or varying care models.

HTW produces national guidance of new technologies within the Welsh Care System and will review the evidence on social care ideas submitted to see whether they could be adopted in Wales.

Albert Heaney, Chief Social Care Officer for Wales said: “Social care is a vital part of our community and makes a big difference to people’s lives all across Wales. People who have experienced the care system first-hand are often best placed to think of innovative ways we can improve support for carers, the people being cared for and their families.

“I encourage anyone with an idea on how we can transform social care to submit their ideas and help us continue to make people receiving social care to feel respected and valued as the individual that they are.”

START is an eight-week psychological support programme that was approved by HTW which has been shown to reduce levels of depression and anxiety in people who care for people with dementia.

Susan Myles, Director of Health Technology said: “Millions of people across Wales rely on the social care sector to support them and their families – from older people, people with disabilities and looked after children and young people. As an organisation we can use our expertise to support the social care sector to adopt the technologies that offer the most benefit and the best possible care for the people of Wales.

“Anybody can submit a topic to Health Technology Wales. They don’t need to be an expert in the field. We very much welcome submissions from those accessing social care support and their families.”

To submit a topic to the social care open topic call, fill in the submission form by February 25th 2022.

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