Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation

The Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation has been developed with us by Kent and Medway Integration Pioneers in partnership with the NHS and Social Care.

We will provide innovative solutions to meet local challenges by working with clinicians, care professionals and citizens. This is in partnership with industry, innovators, local academic institutions and our extensive international collaborators who include Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Scotland, USA and Japan.

Our modern office in Discovery Park uses technology to enable virtual working and networking with our partners. The centre is resourced through the Kent Integrated Care Pioneer Programme team, providing over three years experience of supporting transformation and integration of health and social care. The focus of our work is to reduce frailty, develop safe new services and transform the health and social care workforce by promoting independence and self-care. This will give the citizen and the care professional confidence that the new solutions are high quality, safe and affordable.

The centre provides the opportunity to innovate together and work as a network of local NHS and social sites rather than in isolation, incorporating the new models of care such as vanguards and GP federations.

We will create technological opportunities with professionals and citizens, which can then be shared locally, nationally and internationally. These will lay the foundations for locally boosting growth and leading on the implementation of digital care systems.

This Kent-based Design and Learning Centre ultimately sets out to facilitate new ways of working by co-designing and evaluating sustainable solutions to meet the changing needs of a growing population.

Meet Anna Carlbom ESTHER co-ordinator for Kent as she discusses how every person that works in health and social care is important to the ESTHER model, from care workers, cleaners, nurses to social workers.