Capita announced today that ChooseCare will launch in Barnet, providing a software platform that will enable care users to manage and pay for all of their care needs online.
All recipients of direct payments in Barnet will have access to the platform. It will simplify the process for users, the council and care providers alike, assisting people accessing services to remain independent and in control.
ChooseCare will enable users to make direct payments to care providers over an online platform, removing the need for funds to be transferred to users’ bank accounts or pre-paid cards to be issued. Once rolled out, the platform will be available to over 1,000 recipients of direct payments for adult social care in Barnet.
As well as the benefits to care recipients, this will help to drive direct payment adoption in the borough and give the council greater insights into the local care market to help make sure there is the right supply to meet local demand.
We have worked with Capita to co-develop the platform and a pilot for a small number of care users who receive direct payments is underway. Not only will ChooseCare help care users connect with providers, it will give us a much stronger understanding of how direct payment users are spending their money on care.
Adults and health commissioning director
This new platform will help to connect care users with providers more effectively whilst also easing pressure on councils. Across the UK, we recognise that the market is complex and our aim is for ChooseCare to use the latest technology to help simplify the process of identifying and booking the adult social care service users really need. We saw an opportunity to solve this problem through the development of a new digital platform and ChooseCare will help people in Barnet to remain independent and in control of their care.
Group business development director