Episode 5: Richard Smith, corporate director for adult social care and health, Kent County Council
In our final Big Five Questions podcast for our #LGADigital support programme, we climb inside the thinking behind one of the UK’s most ambitious transformation programmes in adult social care.
Richard Smith, Kent County Council’s corporate director for adult social care and health, shares his whys and hows for embedding digital technology into public services. “My passion has always been empowerment and giving people control,” says Richard. “Digital, for me, is about solving problems. We need to stem the demand for social care and the deployment of technology can reduce and delay the need for social care…Small amounts of investment can pay us back huge dividends.”
Richard shares his vision of a digital workplace facilitating more choice, dignity and agency for those who need it most.