Local authorities developing digital social care projects are to be boosted by more than £1 million in Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) funding, provided by NHS Digital and managed by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Ten projects that support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care will receive up to £30,000 to design a digital solution to address a specific issue with their service, with eight receiving up to a further £90,000 to support its implementation.

NHS Digital said local authority bids should focus on efficiency and strengths-based approaches - using digital channels to engage citizens and people accessing services in the development and delivery of health and social care processes, managing marketing and commission - using technology to support care providers with their digital maturity, or sustainable and integrated social care and health systems.

Pam Garraway, senior responsible officer for social care at NHS Digital said: “Every year we see some truly innovative projects that take a creative digital approach to solving the challenges that local authorities face in social care.

“We are now looking forward to seeing the exciting proposals that will come forward in response to this round of funding.”

The Social Care Digital Innovation Programme (SCDIP) encourages the adult social care sector to use technology to respond to challenges in their local area. It is intended to support direct practice, improve information sharing and enable integration.

Deadline for expressions of interest is 4pm on March 7.