Cash for care

By Marco Cillario - Thu 4 February 2016, 3:10 pm

A healthy ageing innovation centre based in Barking has received £1.7 million a few days after its opening.

Care City, a research and education site, launched on 18 January in Maritime House on Linton Road, is one of seven initiatives to receive funding as an innovation test bed.

The investment was announced by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland at the end of January.

Jointly founded by North East London NHS Foundation Trust and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Care City aims to bring together social care organisations and the technology sector to explore solutions to problems associated with old age.

“Care City will be the place where things will happen in health and social care across our local communities,” said Anne Bristow, deputy chief executive of the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. 

The planned innovations will seek to increase independence and self-care among elderly and vulnerable people through high-tech tools and modern communication devices such as smartphones and tablets.

It is hoped that the centre’s activity will bring investment and opportunity to the area, facilitate social inclusion and boost employment. 

“The test bed money is an important positive step towards us achieving our ambitions for a healthier and wealthier local population,” said Conor Burke, chief officer for Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge clinical commissioning groups. 

Maureen Worby, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, and chair of the borough’s health and wellbeing board, added: “We particularly welcome the opportunity to work with initiatives demonstrating first class innovation and translate them into viable options that will help residents to play a key part in improving their own health and resilience.”

Care City, which also operates across Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, is due to move to its permanent home on the site of the former Abbey Road sports centre in 2019.

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