Care Innovation Hub (CIH), a go-to platform designed to encourage entrepreneurship in the care sector, has announced new partnerships with major brands.
Barclays, apetito, Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) and Royds Withy King Solicitors are the latest founder partners of the hub.
The companies join Home Instead Senior Care, Hallmark Care Homes, Walden Care and WCS Care as fellow founding partners of the group, which aims to transform care through creativity and innovation.
The announcements, which were revealed by Navin Mayani, chief executive of the CIH, (pictured), came ahead of the 2019 Care Innovation Challenge, which took place at a Barclays venue last week.
Five teams with the best ideas to tackle social care challenges will now 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.
James Sage, partner & head of Health & Social Care at Royds Withy King, said: “We feel that the CIH and its founding partners are expertly placed to help champion the introduction of innovative new ways to transform service delivery and service user experience in the sector. Their trail-blazing Care Innovation Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for students, graduates and entrepreneurs to showcase new ideas targeted at the sector. We are very much looking forward to being closely involved and supporting along the way.”
Mat Whittingham, CEO of QCS, added: “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting and innovative new initiative. Everyone working in the care sector wants to provide outstanding care. With the fresh new thinking created by the Care Innovation Hub, I believe that we can find new tools to help every care service fulfil that ambition.”
Lisa Delaney, apetito national sales manager, added: “We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative. Everyone involved in the care sector strives to improve service, and an event such as this will help do that. It will foster a bank of ideas and innovations that will help the care sector provide the very best service to some of the most vulnerable people in society.”