Posted by James Sage, Partner
Celebrating the Care Innovation Challenge
Some of our lawyers at the Care Innovation Challenge final in London. Pictured are James Sage, Nicola Radcliffe, Mei-Ling Huang and Bharti Moore with the winners, Team Orchard (Rachel Smith, Jordan Smith and Subhaan Iqbal).
The Care Innovation Challenge, of which we are the founding legal partner, has concluded in London, providing real cause for celebration in the sector.
The Challenge, hosted by the Care Innovation Hub, was set up to inspire innovative new ways to tackle the critical challenges faced by the sector and ensure the best possible outcomes for those in receipt of care services.
The final, held on 14 August at the Department of Health and Social Care, was attended by senior executives who spent the morning watching the eight finalists deliver their pitches. They were given seven minutes to present and three minutes for Q&As by the judges and guests who attended.
The winner was Team Orchard, comprising Rachel Smith, Jordan Smith and Subhaan Iqbal. They looked to solve issues surrounding medication management. The team’s idea involves an automated medication system, which would avoid errors, automatically log when a person has or has not received their medication and would store medicines safely.
Runners-up included Maaha Suleiman, from Pamoja Care, who has established a viable resolution to ensuring culturally-appropriate care, and Olly Webb, from Crunch, who came up with a simple solution to providing easy activities in care homes that support residents’ general health.
Each finalist received a certificate, while the runners up received £250 and £500 respectively. The winners received £1,000 to continue to develop their ideas.
The CIH and their founding partners will work closely with the winners and finalist teams to solidify their ideas into viable solutions for the care sector. After six to 12 months,
they will host a Dragon’s Den style event to help entrepreneurs take their ideas to market.
The first stage of the Challenge had been a weekend hackathon held in July. Entrepreneurs from various professions came together to understand the biggest problems affecting the sector and work with market experts to explore solutions together. Judges kept an eye out for ideas with the highest potential to disrupt social care through innovation.
All workshops were facilitated by CIH’s co-founders and founding partners.
James Sage and Mei-Ling Huang, Partners at Royds Withy King, provided legal and regulatory support to all entrepreneurs at the Challenge. James said: “The Challenge was expertly run by the Care Innovation Hub and proved to be a great success, enabling the entrepreneurs to develop and showcase their ideas to tackle the biggest issues facing the care sector and gain invaluable feedback and insight from sector leaders. It was also a huge amount of fun!
“As social care lawyers, we have significant experience advising on the legal and regulatory issues which care providers face in the day-to-day running of their business. We understand the challenges providers face and have seen the positive impact that care leaders embracing technology and innovation can have for service users and the workforce.
“At the hackathon it was great to see the passion of the entrepreneurs, mentors and CIH Board to find innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the care sector. The final showcased a wide range of innovations that can provide real value for care providers, staff and service users. It was a very positive experience and felt like a watershed moment for the sector, as it starts to fully embrace innovation and technology.”
Mei added: “I’ve been impressed and inspired not only with the enthusiasm that the entrepreneurs have brought to this project but also with the speed with which their ideas have been created and then honed into practical solutions. I am looking forward to seeing these ideas rolled out in the sector. They will definitely add value and improve the provision of care.”
Care Innovation Hub’s Chief Executive Navin Mayani said: “In our sector, innovation is more than just creating a quirky app, product or service. Innovation must support people to experience more happiness in their lives. Entrepreneurs had to consider: ‘How does my idea increase the quality of life of those providing or receiving care services in the UK?’
“All our judges and guests were hand-picked to attend the final. They are influential leaders implementing innovation within their own respective organisations. Our forward-thinking leaders will revolutionise care with our entrepreneurs and transform the poor stigma associated to our sector.”
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