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Team CHIP win the Care Innovation Challenge 2022

The five finalist teams selected from the Care Innovation Challenge creative weekend were at The Care Show, the largest care event in the UK, showcasing their ideas to the judges and hundreds of delegates who came to the stand.

Care Management Matters interviewed the winning team and their article can be read here.

A public vote at the Show selected the final three teams from the five finalists and an independent judging panel picked the winning team, announcing Team CHIP as the winner of the 2022 Care Innovation Challenge.  The winning team will receive £1,000 in prize money, media coverage and further mentoring to develop their idea. 

Professor Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the National Care Forum and Chair of the judging panel said “All the teams competing have made a stellar effort to accelerate their ideas since the Challenge weekend, taking full advantage of a number of webinars, access to helpful resources and further mentoring from our sponsors including those with lived experience. Every team has aimed to address at least one of the biggest challenges in the sector.  They are the people who are key to create change in social care. In my eyes, all are winners.”

Vic continued “However, we did have to pick one team to receive the prize.  Team CHIP’s idea of a cashless solution for adults with learning disabilities to support independent living demonstrates how important co-production is, as it puts the voice of adults with learning disabilities at the centre of the innovation.”

Lauren Stacey of Team CHIP said “This means everything.  It’s been an amazing journey. Having people say this is good and we want to support it, has been incredible.”

Fellow team member Megan Hamill agreed saying: “There’s the potential to share this with people that need it.”

Team Star offered the idea of local re-ablement and assessments with housing for people living with dementia. Team Myghty’s innovation was an app to foster employee recognition and team working to improve staff retention. Team Care Tech Guide presented a well-developed idea focused on accelerating digital transformation in care.  Team Fall Free’s idea was a solution to prevent falls and fractures in older people.

Mentors have included representatives from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) through their National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG) , ensuring that people with lived experience are an integral part of creating solutions and from the sponsors which include RWK Goodman, QCSPerson Centred Software, Marrgo, Home InsteadHilton Nursing Partners, Hallmark Foundation, Greensleeves Care, Care Matched, Care Management Matters, Care Friends, BRAN Investment, Borough Care and apetito.

Applications for next year’s Care Innovation Challenge 2023 are now open. Creative thinkers, or anyone who has a passion for making ideas a reality and people who want to make a positive difference to people’s lives are invited to apply at www.careinnovationhub.org.uk

Mentor and judge Maaha Suleiman, founder and CEO of www.carematched.co.uk and runner up in 2019’s Challenge said, “I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone to apply if you’re interested in care, innovation, in helping people in general, making a difference to the way care is delivered, or just networking with individuals who are doing great work.  It can change your life for the better.  It did mine.”

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