Providers Encouraged To Join National Care Forum Innovation Hub

A new partnership between the National Care Forum (NCF), NHS Digital and The Access Group is teaching providers about the importance of digital technology in care settings, and providers are being encouraged to sign up.

The Hubble Project, created by the National Care Forum and funded by NHS Digital, is a network of innovation hubs designed to inspire the adoption of digital technology in order to improve people’s lives through the use of tech-based, data-enabled care.

One of the provider-led innovation hubs is taking place from Elizabeth Finn’s Rashwood Care Home in Droitwich where participants are benefitting from peer-to-peer learning about the provider’s adoption of electronic care planning and medicine management technology from The Access Group

As the sessions reach the half-way stage of the six month programme, more providers are being encouraged to take part.

Nathan Jones, policy, research and projects officer at the National Care Forum, said:

“The Elizabeth Finn hub has proven to be a huge success so far. Each hub is care provider-led and hosted and will showcase different combinations of digital technology which are embedded in their care settings. Participants have benefitted from well-established providers sharing their digital journey with visitors, including how they came to adopt it, the challenges and the benefits of implementing it and using it, and the use of data in the delivery of data enabled care.”

Gabi Ashton, from Hackney Housing with Care, has taken part in the innovation hub. She said: “The session was excellent; I learnt a lot of lessons about the implementation phase and shared the learning with my team.”

Another participant, Barbara Hobbs, who is director of Barbara Hobbs Consultancy, added:

“I thought it was very informative and I am so pleased I was invited to attend. It was informal too but educative, thought provoking and I was impressed.”

Steve Sawyer, managing director of The Access Group’s health and social care division, which has partnered with the National Care Forum to contribute its expertise to the Hubble Project, said:

“We are delighted to be contributing to the innovation hub and sharing best practice around the implementation of digital technology. The recent challenges facing the sector have provided further evidence of the need for care providers to innovate in order to deliver the highest possible standards of care.”

Other hubs are held in The Parkhaven Trust’s The Beeches residential and nursing home

And Johnnie Johnson Housing’s Spey House extra care scheme, and showcase the use of acoustic monitoring, circadian lighting, sensor technology and telecare technology.

The virtual visit sessions will take place between September 2020 and December 2020 and you can book to attend a session through the NCF website.

For more information about the National Care Forum’s Hubble Project, visit:












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