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Care Innovation Challenge brings innovation to life!

The Care Innovation Challenge, a hackathon-style creative weekend, returned on 2nd-3rd July 2022. Creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and leading experts from the sector, including people with lived experience, came together at Coventry University’s Technopark for two days of idea generation and prototype trialling.

Five finalist teams were selected to present their idea at The Care Show, the largest care event in the UK, on 12th-13th October at the NEC in Birmingham. The winning team will receive £1,000 in prize money, media coverage and further mentoring to develop their idea. 

Team Care Tech Guide presented a well-developed idea focused on accelerating digital transformation in care.  Team Chip’s idea was a cashless solution for adults with learning disabilities to support independent living. Team Fall Free presented a solution to prevent falls and fractures in older people. Team Myghty’s innovation was an app to foster employee recognition and team working to improve staff retention. Team Star offered the idea of local re-ablement and assessments with housing for people living with dementia.

Each of the semi-finalists receive mentoring and £500 per team, as well as an invitation to meet Minister of State for Care, Gillian Keegan, who commented, “The weekend looks amazing.  I’m really looking forward to meeting the five semi-finalists to hear more about their innovative ideas to reform.”

Professor Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the National Care Forum (NCF) said, “The energy in the room was extremely high, generating an explosion of ideas.  The teams then got down to the process of business planning and protoyping, supported by our amazing mentors.  There were so many great innovative approaches to social care being discussed it was a tough decision to pick the five teams to go through to the final at The Care Show in October. “

“The journey for our finalists will continue, as we have more support planned to help accelerate their ideas.  We have a number of webinars planned between now and the final at The Care Show, access to helpful resources and further mentoring. I can’t wait to see how the ideas progress.”

Mentors included representatives from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) through their National Co-production Advisory Group (NCAG) , ensuring that people with lived experience are an integral part of creating solutions.  Expert advice and guidance was available at the weekend from representatives of the CIH sponsors and founding supporters.  Mentoring support will continue for the five finalist teams from the sponsors which include RWK Goodman, QCSPerson Centred Software, Marrgo, Home InsteadHilton Nursing Partners, Hallmark Foundation, Greensleeves Care, Care Matched, Care Management Matters, Care Friends, BRAN Investment, Borough Care and apetito.

Mentor Paula Fairweather, from TLAP’s NCAG, said “It was an absolutely fantastic weekend at the Care Innovation Challenge; co-production and ‘making it real’ at its best. I feel so privileged to have been part of an amazing team of people.”

The Challenge, hosted by the Care Innovation Hub (CIH), was established in 2018 to create a platform for exploration and innovation in the social care sector.  The CIH is now run by the National Care Forum (NCF).   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.


Note to Editors:

The Care Innovation Hub launched the Care Innovation Challenge in 2018, an annual incubator programme. Bringing together entrepreneurs and innovators – university students and care sector colleagues – to create solutions to key challenges facing the care sector. After pausing operations due to COVID-19, the National Care Forum (NCF) took over the running of the Hub and the annual Challenge on behalf of the whole sector, supported by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

More information is available on the Care Innovation Hub website at and on Twitter @CareInnovHub #CareInnovation2022  

For media enquiries, please contact Edna Petzen

For partnership packages or to register your interest in 2023’s Challenge, please contact Helen Glasspool

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