Social Care Innovation Network

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

  • innovative providers
  • commissioners
  • interested citizens

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.

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