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The Care Innovation Challenge returns for 2023

The Care Innovation Challenge, a hackathon-style creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling, returns in July 2023.  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 are now open, 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), is 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.

Professor Vic Rayner OBE, NCF’s CEO, said “We welcome anyone who wants a chance to be part of the future of care. We hope to receive applications from a diverse group of people, including individuals and teams from care providers, undergraduates and postgraduates from universities and people with social entrepreneurial ambitions.”

“You do not need to be an expert in social care, or have any experience of social care yourself, to apply.  You do not need to have any technical skills.  You just need to have an intention to improve the quality of life of those receiving care in the UK.”

Successful applicants will be invited to a creative weekend of idea generation and prototype trialling at Coventry University on 1st-2nd July 2023.  There will be expert advice and guidance available from CIH sponsors and founding supporters which include RWK Goodman, Marrgo, Care Management Matters, Care Friends and Borough Care 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. 

Megan, a member of Team CHIP who won the 2022 Challenge, said “I would like to say a massive thank you to the NCF for the opportunity. The weekend was just incredible. I’ve been to many different events like that, and they haven’t been anywhere near as good! The NCF’s support has been incredible, and everything has been so streamlined and supportive.”

Lauren, fellow Team CHIP member, said “There are so many people working in social care who don’t realise the skills and talent they have because we are such an unrecognised sector. There are so many frontline support professionals and registered managers who don’t realise how skilled and talented they are. I would say to those people – it’s important they realise how much they have to offer and can help to develop innovation.”

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.

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