Connecting Care bulletin - January 2016

We round-up of the best technology and social care news from the last few weeks. This bulletin is produced by Lasa for our Department of Health funded Connecting Care community project. Follow us @LasaICT.


  1. Connecting Care news from Lasa

  2. It's a bumper edition of our Connecting Care news bulletin as we bring you the news stories and developments in technology and social care that have interested us over the last two months.

    We've recently updated two of our most popular pages with fresh links and content for you. Firstly the page on support for Activities Co-ordinators here : 
  3. and secondly the page on developing your organisation's technology plan here: 
  4. Technology News for Social Care Organisations

  5. Not-for-profit, care provider Anchor recently produced a report, envisaging how residential care homes and villages may look in the future. The report explores how future care homes will need to have technology embedded and how residents should be able to access 'living well' activities on tablets and smart phones. View the full report here.
  6. Looking forward just at 2016, here are eight industry leading trends in digital healthcare services predicted to become more widely seen this year.
  7. We like this blog post from Alice Osborne of Active Minds which looks at some the opportunities possible through an increased use of technology in care homes. Are robots the answer? Can apps, smart phones and tablets help residents to live well? Can technology reduce paperwork? We think yes! Care homes need to see the benefits of technology, not it's hurdles.
  8. It's not just about looking to the future of technology, the IT equipment your organisation uses and the procedures currently in place matter just as much. Information and Data Security is an area too often overlooked, so this new free guide from Idealware has many useful tips and practical suggestions about keeping your IT systems safe and protected.
  9. In December we hosted a webinar about Microsoft Office 365 and how charities can make the switch to cloud working using Office 365 as a replacement for their hardware infrastructure. In case you missed it, video and slides of the webinar are available on our site: 
  10. Lasa webinar: User Generated Content. Are you having a hard time coming up with engaging content? Are your supporters not responding to your social media posts as much as they should? Video and slides of new webinar with @sounddelivery now on our site at 
  11. An announcement from Martha Lane-Fox in December outlined her four recommendations to the National Information Board about how the NHS should focus it's efforts on digital in healthcare. Realistic? Relevant? Or just aspirational?
  12. This chart caught our eye. Not directly related to the voluntary sector, but we do wonder how many IT projects or purchases are postponed in social care charities because senior management or trustee boards fear this being a reality in their organisation?
  13. This commitment of $1 billion of software and cloud services by Microsoft to charities is set to benefit many organisations. Access to Microsoft Operating Systems and Office Software has been possible for some time, but it's worth checking this our for some of the other products included such as Microsoft BI (a comprehensive Business Intelligence dashboard) or Enterprise Mobility (for mobile device management and security). Full details are on the Microsoft Donations page (just type in United Kingdom in the box)
  14. Living Well in the Digital Age