Nourish DPS

Nourish Care assured by NHSX as one of the first Digital Care Planning providers to be appointed to a new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for digitising social care records.

We’re incredibly excited to announce that NHSX have announced Nourish as one of only two care planning providers assured as a provider of Digital Social Care Records (DSCR) on their Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).

This news follows an earlier announcement from the Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB), confirming Nourish Care to be the first ever company to achieve certification for the implementation of information standards to underpin interoperability of Social Care and Support Plans.

Both of these achievements highlight how Nourish are working to the highest standards to provide your care service, as well as those you care for, the best experience possible. We see this as an essential step to supporting interoperability across the health and social care system and we are thrilled to have been recognised by both NHSX and PRSB.

Our founder, Nuno Almeida said:

“Being listed on this DPS is a milestone that further confirms Nourish as a service with a deep knowledge of the context of care delivery, supporting care teams in a wide range of care settings, while enabling providers to have interoperability with their regional NHS partners. Our teams are immensely proud to be in a position to support the sector on this journey of digital transformation and integration, to ensure everyone receives the best possible care across whole social and healthcare systems.”

Nuno Almeida, Founder of Nourish

What is the DPS (Dynamic Purchasing System)?

NHSX is on a mission to improve health and social care through the use of technology and innovation, and have been working to find a way to support care providers in the delivery of integrated care. The goal for them is for all social care providers to have access to a digital social care record by 2024. 

Approximately only 40% of social care registered providers use digital care planning, with everyone else still working from more traditional paper records. During 2020, as the health and social care sector tried to navigate the challenging Covid-19 pandemic, it became incredibly difficult for the likes of Local Authorities, CQC, NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care to accurately track and monitor the spread of the virus amongst care providers. 

As a result of the pandemic, several government and NHS departments regard the digital transformation of social care to be essential in the context of care integration. In order to create confidence and increase market uptake of digital systems by social care providers, NHSX conducted extensive research of how digital technology can make a difference to care teams – which resulted in a set of requirements. This framework was created  by NHSX working with a number of social care providers to find out what is most important when it comes to Digital Care Planning, for example; usability, interoperability, personalisation, engagement with families and wider circle of care, security, resilience, information governance, and many more. 

Following submission of a bid for a place on the DPS, and NHSX undertaking assurance, NHSX confirmed that Nourish has been successful in our application, meeting the capability requirements, and have become part of the list of approved suppliers. This makes Nourish one of the first Digital Care Planning providers to be approved by the NHS and listed on their Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) as a go-to provider for digital social care records. 

For care providers who are yet to switch to Digital Care Planning, this DPS will provide reassurance that the Nourish platform is reliable, secure, future proof and able to support the ever-changing care scenarios found in social care. It will also set care services in good stead regarding interoperability with NHS systems, and set the bar for care providers to ensure digital social care is done to the highest quality, and that they can meet the unique requirements of social care teams across the UK.

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If you’d like to find out more about the DSCR framework, visit the Digital Social Care website or discover more about our partnership with PRSB.

If you’d like to know how Nourish can help your care service, book your free demo today or browse our range of person-centred care software features.