Home Instead Senior Care and Hallmark Care Homes have become the first founding partners of the Care Innovation Hub (CIH), a go-to platform designed to encourage entrepreneurship in the care sector.
The news comes as CIH prepares for this year’s Care Innovation Challenge, a hackathon open to students, graduates and professionals to kick-start new ideas to tackle the biggest issues facing the care sector.
Martin Jones, managing director of Home Instead Senior Care said: “We’re delighted to partner with the Care Innovation Hub, which is doing fantastic things to promote new ideas and ways of working in the care sector.
“We know from experience at Home Instead Senior Care that innovation has the potential to drive positive change and truly impact on the way care is delivered. Take for example our tablet technology GrandPad and home sensor technology which complement our person-centred care and means our clients can stay healthy and happy at home for longer.”
Navin Mayani, CIH CEO commented: “We are delighted to have Hallmark Care Homes and Home Instead join us as founding partners – a key role that enables active collaboration between our organizations. Our Founding Partners will work closely with our entrepreneurs at the Care Innovation Challenge to discuss the sector’s biggest issues and brainstorm ideas to identify long-term solutions. They will act as judges at the Final and select a winner, held in the Department of Health and Social Care.”
The Care Innovation Challenge will take place on July 5-7 and will start with 12 teams presenting their projects to a panel of industry experts.
Five teams with the best ideas will be supported with mentoring and £500 in funding to develop their ideas and run initial testing and market research over four weeks.
The teams will then regroup for the final and pitch again to a panel of judges at the Department of Social Care on August 14. All five teams will have the opportunity to be awarded on-going funding and support to turn their ideas into sustainable solutions.
Commenting on the Care Innovation Challenge, Green said: “I’m pleased to be able to share my insights and advise budding entrepreneurs who can harness these into real ideas to drive change. Social innovators are key to a brighter future in social care and Care Innovation Hub is doing something special to help this.”