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Domiciliary Care Workforce Challenge

The call for innovations for this challenge has now closed. 

Do you have a solution that is ready to adopt and spread to support the domiciliary social and health care workforce in the areas of supply, skills, leadership, new ways of working or new roles? 

Is there evidence that it can make a measurable impact on workforce indicators, such as, number of domiciliary care workers, satisfaction levels, sickness absence, wellbeing, turnover rates, skills and confidence, leadership, productivity, diversity and inclusion.?

If yes, we want to hear from you!

The UK domiciliary care workforce is under huge pressure, accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even before the pandemic domiciliary social care providers were reporting a 46% staff turnover rate in the South West.   In response to this the West of England AHSN, South West AHSN and Health Education England are looking for a product, service, technology, process, way of working or toolkit to spread across the West and South West of England, including Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol, North East Somerset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall/Isles of Scilly.

There is a maximum of £100,000 (including VAT) available to support the spread and adoption and fund innovator and host activities. We have not determined how many innovations will be selected. This will depend on the quality of proposals against agreed criteria. This budget will be used to support up to four solutions depending on costs.

The support on offer includes:

  • We will look for hosts in social and health care providers for a 12 month period.
  • We will evaluate the solution over the 12 months to determine the effectiveness, impact and benefit of the innovation.  We will then make a recommendation on suitability for further scaling at regional and national level
  • A project manager will help find a host(s) and co-ordinate the innovator, host, evaluator and other stakeholders.

The call for innovations has now closed.

Who can apply?

This is a national call to companies who are capable of supplying their product or service on a commercial basis and is not suited to those currently in the research and development stage.

Potential hosts – please register your interest

Potential hosts are likely to be domiciliary social care providers (large, small) and NHS.

Whilst running this challenge we are asking potential hosts (of an unknown solution) to register their interest by sending an email to the procurement team at with the subject as ITT_31898 WEAHSN Domiciliary Solution. Potential hosts must also ensure they are registered on the Bravo e-procurement portal. The link for the portal is

The “find an innovator” is being managed as a sourcing exercise, but the “find a host” stage will be sourcing against the solutions and agreeing contracts between the company, the host organisation in which the project is running and the West of England AHSN.

When we have agreed a solution(s) we will aim to find and agree a host(s) within 2 months.  It will then take time for the innovator and host to work together to go-live with the solution.

The aim is to select host(s) by September 2021.

If you have any questions about the challenge, please contact us at