In partnership with South West AHSN and Health Education England (HEE), we are leading a programme to identify innovative solutions to support the domiciliary social and health care workforce and evaluate them in real-world settings.

A call out to find two local authorities to trial a domiciliary care workforce solution was launched on Monday 20 September.

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This programme was initiated because 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.

Following a nationwide call to identify innovations, we received a high number of quality applications, including solutions for communication, rostering, care management, wellbeing, training and remote care.

We have reviewed all of these applications and assessed against a set of criteria, including potential impact on the workforce, evidence of impacts and ability for wider adoption and spread. Five solutions successfully passed the first stage of assessment, and were taken through to an expert panel for a Dragon’s Den style pitch.

The panel shortlisted two promising solutions to progress to the next stage, as we engage with the domiciliary care sector in the South West to assess level of interest in assessing these specific solutions, and explore concerns and costs with potential host organisations.

We have a budget of £100,000 to fund use of the solutions and support the hosts over 12 months. We will also evaluate the solutions and provide project management to co-ordinate partners. There is also potential for regional and national scale up via the wider AHSN Network.

Our Director of Innovation and Growth, Nigel Harris says: “We are very excited by the two innovations and our hope is that we can find suitable hosts to use and evaluate these innovations in a real-world setting”.

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