Leeds City Council and Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council announce successful bid win

admin25th April 2016


Calderdale Council




Leeds City Council and Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council announce successful bid win

Leeds City Council and Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council are pleased to announce they have been awarded a grant from Local Government Association’s Digital Transformation Fund following 110 submissions nationally.  The grant, worth £40,000, will be used for the further development open standards for social care within the showcase of an open source platform for both health and social care.  

Ripple, a clinically led and technical team hosted by Leeds City Council will work in collaboration with both councils to continue the building of a demonstrator that will be used to showcase the open platform and its underlying data models to interested parties nationally and potentially internationally.

Dylan Roberts, chief digital officer, Leeds City Council, “We are pleased to work alongside our neighbours, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, to showcase the use of open standards principles promoted by the Government Digital Services.  Work of this nature not only benefits people in our area but the development can be used by anyone else because it is open source and can be shared.”

Iain Baines, head of safeguarding and quality at Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council added, “Thanks to Local Government Association’s grant we can illustrate how social care can start using open data models – within an open source platform for health and social care.  Building systems in such an open collaborative manner helps to ensure the technology can be adopted and adapted by us while being scalable to build upon further with other councils across the nation.”

Ripple is helping to create an integrated digital care record platform that is built for the future because it’s open source and abides by open standards as well as the underpinning architecture.  The flexible nature of the approach and technology allows it to be adopted and then adapted to meet the specific needs of that particular health and care system. This platform based approach can meet the needs of small departments up to regional care records.  



  1. Ripple is a community led initiative, funded by the NHS Tech Fund and hosted by Leeds City Council on behalf of the NHS Integration Pioneers – leading a collaborative approach to developing an integrated digital care record.  
  2. For media enquiries about Ripple, please contact info@rippleosi.org  



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