Care home hack – collaborate to improve care

As part of NHS England’s new care models programme a Collaborate to Improve Care Hackathon was held in July 2016 to support improvement and the integration of services to transform care homes in six vanguard sites.

Inspired by Chief Scientific Officer Professor Sue Hill OBE and her national Quality Improvement Champions Network of healthcare scientists, the hackathon brought together delegates from across the NHS with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, IT specialists and academics to bring new approaches, expertise, knowledge and skills to the table.

This pioneering event was supported by the masters of healthcare hackathons from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and was produced in partnership with the Innovation Agency in the North West, the vanguard sites and the New Models of Care team.


The delegates’ brief was to work in teams to develop innovative, disruptive ideas and solutions to specific issues affecting care home patients within a limited time frame.

By bringing together diverse minds with a shared interest in solving one of healthcare’s biggest challenges in this way, the event enabled problems to be diagnosed from a multiplicity of perspectives.

Sense and Sensibility’s seven strong team pitched a winning idea to address undetected hearing loss and enable those living in care homes to reach their potential. One of the key features of the team’s solution to preserve the dignity of people in care homes was that it was co-designed with a patient focus.


The following video and presentations are from the Hackathon: