The Care Innovation Hub is hoping to inspire university students to consider social care as a career with a two-and-a-half day challenge.
The Social Care Challenge, taking place in London this weekend, will ask students to come up with new ideas to address some of the biggest problems in the sector.
The weekend will end with 12 teams presenting their projects to a panel of industry experts. Five teams with the best ideas will then be selected to go through to the final, held at the Department of Health and Social Care.
The winning team will receive prize money of up to £1,000 to develop their ideas.
Mentors and supporters of the challenge include Hallmark Care Homes, Home Instead Senior Care, Walden Care, Royds Withy King, Quality Compliance Systems, Person Centred Software, Hilton Nursing Partners, apetito, Greensleeves, Borough Care, WCS Care and the Department of Health and Social Care.
Hallmark Care Homes, Home Instead and Quality Compliance systems join CIH as ‘Sprint Partners’ for a second year.
Home Instead CEO Martin Jones said: “It’s incredibly exciting to support the Care Innovation Hub and to bring people together from a variety of academic backgrounds to come up with innovations which could shape the future of social care.
“Not only is it fantastic to encourage new ideas into the sector but it’s also a great way of showcasing to students the rewards of working in care. If you’re a student looking to make a difference to the lives of others, I’d encourage you to take part in the challenge.”
Previous ideas for solving social care challenges include an error-proof medication system, an app focussing on culturally matched care for the BAME community and sleep monitoring devices.
Caption: Last years’ winners, Team Orchard, pictured with the judges.