BookingBug is pleased to announce today at the NCAS conference that it is forming a new partnership with Opportunity Links and Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands to develop social care solutions for local government.
By April 2011, 30% of people who are eligible for social care should be receiving this in the form of an individual budget. It is expected that a significant number of these budget holders will seek to directly recruit Personal Assistants to deliver their domiciliary care.
One of the biggest challenges for the personalisation of Adult Social Care is the development of transactional online marketplaces for service users. In particular, supporting the expected growth of markets for independent Personal Assistants requires timely and accurate scheduling information to be available to the public. This challenge is reflected as a priority in the West Midlands Joint Improvement Partnership business plan.
The partnership will focus on supporting local government to create online marketplaces for Personal Assistants and other bookable services, through integration of Opportunity Links’ flagship information management system, evince, with Booking Bug’s robust technology platform. IEWM will build upon its existing analysis of Personal Assistant registers to shape the design process, ensuring the needs of social care budget holders and local government are represented
Matt Bowsher, Regional Transformation Lead of IEWM, said “This partnership will provide a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and shape a solution that reflects the needs of the public and professionals alike. In an increasingly challenging financial climate we welcome the opportunity to co-produce without the need for financial investment.”
BookingBug is excited about this opportunity to take its existing knowledge and experiance of developing leading edge web services to help local councils and government; helping to make sure that the public and private sectors are both making the best use of modern always available web-based technologies.