The University of Hull (UoH), and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) have received part funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Northern Powerhouse to support a £1.5 Million project to drive innovation in the social care sector.
The Social Care Innovation Programme (SCIP) employs a research-led approach, identifying the key challenges for social care providers, and the smart technologies that can be implemented to support them in reducing the challenges they face.
Our approach consists of three phases:
Phase 1: Scoping exercise
Social care providers, working in collaboration with ERYC and UoH are identifying the problems that they face in delivering and/or improving their services, and are exploring ways with us in which innovative technology may offer cost-effective ways to help them meet these challenges. Technology providers are also being identified and sourced to offer potential technological solutions to address these challenges.
A survey was conducted with SME care providers to scope their current technology, click here for the findings: Phase 1 scoping exercise
Phase 2: Implementation
Social care providers have the opportunity to apply for innovation grant funding (provided by the European Regional Development Fund with match funding from ERYC and the University of Hull) to support the procurement and implementation of technologies and products. This enables them to develop new services, enhance the quality of care, increase productivity and sustainability, and improve the quality of life of those for whom they provide care, and indeed of the staff who provide support. ERYC and the UoH will provide support to SMEs which have been successful in their application for funding, to implement the new technology in their workplace.
To support SMEs with the procurement of digital technology, the UoH has created a repository of information related to some of the digital products that are available to support the care sector.
Access the Digital Technology Repository.
Phase 3: Evaluation
The evaluation is now complete and the findings can be found here: FHS Evaluation of SCIP programme 2023. The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull served as the academic partner for the project and captured qualitative and quantitative data from SMEs on the organisational impact of new technologies. Our report highlights staff experience of implementing and using technologies in the social care sector with key learning points for organisations supporting digital and support for performance monitoring, and collecting qualitative data about the experiences of managers, staff and care recipients.
For further information about the project, please visit the ERYC website.