National Care Forum to take forward innovation hub

Alex Ramamurthy co-founded the hub

The National Care Forum (NCF) has taken over the running of the Care Innovation Hub and its annual challenge.

The hub, which was established in 2018, launched the challenge, an annual incubator programme putting university students and care sector colleagues together to create predominantly digital solutions to problems faced by the sector.

It was founded by Alex Ramamurthy, founder of Mirthy, Ben Wilkins, chief executive of Good Boost, Ashish Goyal, co-founder of Principle Care Homes, and Ben Allen, chief executive of Oomph Wellness. It was later led by Navin Mayani as chief executive.

Ramamurthy said he was looking forward to seeing the hub grow under the forum’s guidance, hoping it would encourage more young people and entrepreneurs into the sector.

Vic Rayner, NCF chief executive, said: ‘We are an organisation that has shown leadership in transformation across the care and support sector as co-chair of the government digital advisory group, strategic leaders in Digital Social Care and engaged in a range of transformation agendas around data, housing, workforce, and wellbeing.

‘This means that NCF is in a good position to take forward the Care Innovation Hub programme to stimulate aspiring innovators to develop solutions for the benefit of providers and those receiving care and support.’