A NEW digital record-keeping system is set to improve quality of care for older people living at home.

All information about a person's care will be stored securely on a tablet computer, kept in the house.

Currently, the details are handwritten and stored in a paper file.

The new system – designed by social care technology company Konnektis, working in partnership with Bradford Council – enables carers to instantly access and update data, and share it with others on the care network.

Alerts are automatically issued if there's any change to the care plan.

Carers can access notes from previous visits.

And information about each visit – including the time, duration and names of the carers – is recorded.

The system was piloted last year, with a small number of service users and care providers.

Now, following positive feedback, it is being rolled out across the district.

Konnektis project manager, Alex Greenwood, said: "Our person-centred approach – designing technology with the different users – is at the core of what we do and we would like to thank the carers, care providers, Bradford Council and of course the people receiving care for working with us over the past year."

Councillor Val Slater, the council's executive member for health and wellbeing, welcomed the initiative.

She said: "This is a much more efficient way of keeping a person's care records, meaning information can be accessed quickly and easily by every professional who visits them.

"It will lead to things being done more efficiently and important details being passed on."