The National Care Forum (NCF) has taken over the running of the Care Innovation Hub (CIH) and its annual challenge.
The hub was established in 2018 to create a platform for exploration and innovation in the social care sector. It then launched the Care Innovation Challenge, an annual incubator programme putting university students and care sector colleagues together to create predominantly digital solutions to key challenges faced by the care sector.
Teams of young entrepreneurs went head to head in the Challenge, which hosted a Dragons’-Den style final at the Department of Health and Social Care, with cash prizes for the top spots.
Former CIH Chairman Alex Ramamurthy said he was excited to see the hub grow under NCF’s guidance and sees the takeover as an opportunity to encourage more young people and entrepreneurs into the sector.
NCF chief executive Vic Rayner, said: “This is a great opportunity for NCF. We are an organisation that has shown leadership in transformation across the care and support sector as Co-Chair of the government Digital Advisory Group, strategic leaders in Digital Social Care and engaged in a range of transformation agendas around data, housing, workforce, and wellbeing.
“This means that NCF is in a good position to take forward the Care Innovation Hub programme to stimulate aspiring innovators to develop solutions for the benefit of providers and those receiving care and support.”
CIH sponsors and founding supporters include Hallmark Care Homes, Home Instead, QCS, Apetito, Royds Withy King, Hilton Nursing Partners, Person Centred Software, Greensleeves Care and Borough Care.