Social Care Innovation Network

Innovation in social care

There are some really good examples of innovative models of health, social care and support for adults across the country. However, the challenge is to scale up these primarily small-scale, community-focussed successes so that as many people benefit from them as possible.

This was studied in detail in a report by SCIE, Nesta and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) last year, 'growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults'. the paper went on to recommend that the government fund a network 'to enable innovative local authorities and local partners to test new ideas and share learning and support with others.'

A new network

SCIE, TLAP and Shared Lives Plus are funded by the Department of Health & Social Care to develop a network which will help local areas to take these innovative approaches which work.

The innovation network will bring together a combination of

to identify ways to support each other to grow innovations at scale.

The network can support local authority commissioners, local partners, care providers and others to test new ideas and share learning and support with others.

The purpose of the Network

It builds on social care future, a platform bringing people together in order to bring about major positive change in what is currently called 'social care'. it's hoped that a self-supporting movement will be built, committed to bringing the best care and support to more people by developing practical solutions to scaling innovations. the network will

Initial members

The network will initially comprise a small group of innovators and commissioners, identifying for instance, what learning or resources could be shared across social innovations which are all facing similar scaling challenges.

The network will be expanded, to include others committed to growing innovation.

All of the learning and materials generated will be openly available.

Advisory Group

SCIE, TLAP and Shared Lives Plus are funded by the Department of Health & Social Care to develop a network which will help local areas to take these innovative approaches which work.

An Advisory Group will guide and support the development of the networks. The members of this group are:

Register an interest

Interested stakeholders will gain previews of the most up to date practice in social care. Registering an interest will open up the opportunity to be involved in later phases of the network, encouraging further growth.

To register an interest please please update your existing MySCIE account, or create a new free MySCIE account, and select Innovation as a Topic of interest. By doing this you give SCIE and TLAP permission to contact you about this work.

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