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The Care Innovation Challenge is back!

The Care Innovation Challenge, a hackathon-style creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling, will return in July 2022.  With cash prizes for the top spots, expert mentoring and guaranteed media coverage this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Applications for a place at the weekend opened on 14th March, and creative thinkers, 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

The Challenge, hosted by the Care Innovation Hub (CIH), was established in 2018 to create a platform for exploration and innovation in the social care sector.  The CIH is now run by the National Care Forum (NCF) and is supported by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) through their National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG) to ensure people with lived experience help to create solutions to key challenges faced by the care sector.   NCF is dedicated to developing innovation in the social care and support sector and this is a natural home to drive the CIH into the future.

NCF Chief Executive Vic Rayner OBE, said “This year, the Challenge Weekend is open to everyoneworking, studying or living in the Midlands.We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds and from a range of disciplines to think broadly on ways to create positive change.  You don’t need to be an expert in social care, or have any experience of social care yourself, to apply.  You just need to have an intention to improve the quality of life of those receiving care in the UK.”

Successful applicants will each be invited to a creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling in July 2022.  There will be expert advice and guidance available from CIH sponsors and founding supporters which include Royds Withy KingQCSPerson Centred SoftwareHome InsteadHilton Nursing Partners, Hallmark Care HomesGreensleeves Care,  Care Management Matters, BRAN Investment, Borough Care and apetito to help participants in developing their ideas.

The winning team will receive £1,000 in prize money, media coverage and further mentoring to develop their idea. 

2019 Challenge Runner-up and CEO/Founder of www.carematched.co.uk Maaha Suleiman, 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.”

Apply at www.careinnovationhub.org.uk if you have a passion for making ideas a reality and want to make a positive difference to people’s lives.


Note to Editors:

The Care Innovation Hub launched the Care Innovation Challenge in 2018, an annual incubator programme. Bringing together entrepreneurs and innovators – university students and care sector colleagues – to create solutions to key challenges facing the care sector. After pausing operations due to COVID-19, the National Care Forum (NCF) took over the running of the Hub and the annual Challenge on behalf of the whole sector, supported by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP).

For enquiries, please contact Edna Petzen edna.petzen@nationalcareforum.org.uk

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