Technology and Innovation in the Care Sector – Get involved!

Given reducing number of care home beds, the ageing population and increasing financial pressures on care homes and domiciliary care provision there is an urgent need to identify and deploy a range of innovative solutions.

The University of Chichester is currently developing a proposal for funding from Coast to Capital to run a collaborative 3 year project covering the Coast 2 Capital region involving the University of Brighton, the South East HealthCare Technology Alliance (SEHTA), Sussex Community NHS Trust, Local Authorities, care providers and technology companies to build networks of innovation (clusters) to identify and progress research and technological solutions to significant issues across the care sector. The project will establish the networks, develop a care technology roadmap and administer an innovation award scheme to support applications to promote implementation of innovative solutions across the sector. The project will help care providers and recipients, benefit from advances in digital technologies, health and well-being research and preventative interventions to deliver cost effective quality care provision.

Using input from the innovation networking events, calls for proposal will be invited for work to research, develop and implement innovative best practice and technology in the care sector. Calls will only be accepted from SMEs, either SME care sector providers working with an HEI, FE or technology company(large and small) or SME technology companies working with a care sector provider (large or small, public or private).

 

It is expected that two calls for proposal will take place, the first 6 months following the Innovation Lab event and the second at an interval of 12 months. The innovation voucher scheme is expected to support initiatives such as:

 

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Funding for pilot activities
  • Commercialisation grants
  • Focused technology development and demonstration
  • Prototype development
  • Raising awareness of use of new technology in care sector
  • Delivery of training and development for care home staff to be able to effectively deploy innovative technologies and best practice

 

Activities which could be supported as part of the project may include research, development and implementation of information systems, new technologies including wearable technologies, health and well-being activity (exercise, diet and mental stimuli), health management activity etc. Key to success will be establishing the connection between the care provider and the researcher/developer in order that innovative processes/technology can be applied in the social care environment. These activities will be undertaken across the Coast to Capital region. The target beneficiaries are residential care homes, domiciliary care companies, local authorities (reducing cost of social care provision) and users of social care. The applicants will be expected to provide 50% of the match funding in accordance with ERDF regulations.

As part of the proposal, the University is looking to establish if there is demand for the grant funding.  If your organisation thinks that it would be interested in applying for a grant, please e mail:

Andrew Adams, University of Chichester Business School

Tel: 01243 81600 a.adams@chi.ac.uk



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