Video calls set to support people needing short- term care in Essex

Essex County Council is trialling the system. File Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Essex County Council is trialling the system. File Picture: LUCY TAYLOR - Credit: Archant

A new system of remote monitoring of people who need support is being tested by social services staff in Essex.

Essex County Council is rolling out a pilot study into the use of video calls as part of care packages for individuals using their short-term support service.

The study has been funded by the Local Government Association (LGA), in collaboration with NHS Digital, to use digital technology to improve social care services.

The innovative pilot will trial a secure video call system, fitted into the homes of vulnerable adults, to see how it can support people to live more independent lives and provide more cost effective and integrated care.

John Spence who is Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Essex County Council said: “It is important that we keep pace with new technology.


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“I am pleased that Essex is trialling this system to have a positive impact on people’s lives.”

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