Applications open for HIN and My Home Life’s Care Home Pioneer Programme 2023 Cohort 5

March 2, 2023

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) and My Home Life England are delighted to announce the fifth South London Care Home Pioneer Programme – a leadership support and professional development programme delivered free of charge to Care Home Managers, Deputies and Senior Nurses to advance their skills, facilitate personal growth and enable them to effectively manage the complex everyday issues that impact on the quality of their service.

The programme is now open for applications from care home managers, deputies, and senior nurses, working in the following settings: older person’s residential homes, older person’s nursing homes, learning disability and mental health care settings, and supported living settings, in south London.

Did you know?

  • Since 2017, 84 managers from 77 care homes in South London have participated in the programme.
  • The Pioneer programme has had representatives from all the South London boroughs.

The Pioneers programme is a collaboration between My Home Life England and the Health Innovation Network, which has delivered leadership development to 84 care home managers across South London, over 4 cohorts since 2017.

The Care Home Pioneer Programme uses Action Learning techniques, involving experiential learning through a continuous process of action, learning and reflection, supported by colleagues, with an intention of improving practice. The Pioneers will work alongside mentors from the HIN to deliver a real-world service improvement project in their care home. Previous Pioneer projects have led to significant improvements in local priority areas such as falls reduction or oral health.

The free programme is jointly funded by care home commissioners and the NHS and will consist of a combination of four face-to-face workshops and nine monthly action learning sets, both virtual and in-person. At the end of the programme, there will be a celebration day to celebrate all that has been achieved.

If you are interested and want to know more about the programme, click the link here to read the flyer and apply.

This infographic highlights key feedback from Pioneers who took part in the programme in 2022.

Table Reads; 2022 Pioneer Programme post-programme survey  Cohort 4’s Pioneer Care Home Leader’s completed surveys following their Celebration Event. This infographic details high level overview of their feedback. *,	92% of respondents stated that… Their sense of achievement had improved 	92% of respondents stated that… Their understanding of how to improve the culture of care had improved, 92% of respondents stated that… Their quality of management and leadership had improved,	92% of respondents stated that… Their confidence as professionals had improved,	92% of respondents state that… The quality of their engagement with staff had improved, My Home Life England and HIN logos,	*Based on 12 respondents

Pioneer, Cohort 4, Care Home Pioneers, said: “The Health Innovation Network and the support from My Home Life England team has boosted my confidence, skills, and knowledge in working jointly with the multidisciplinary team. The forum that was held has empowered me to exercise the duty of care and leadership while supporting a positive professional working relationship. I aim to maintain the good practice and to continue to grow and develop together with my team..”

Andrea Carter, Programme Director, Healthy Ageing Team, Health Innovation Network, said: “The resilience and kindness of this particular group shone through and will stay with me for a long time, even after 27 years working in health and social care.”

You can find some great examples of Pioneer projects that have been carried out by clicking on the following here or alternatively watching the video below.

Further information

Find out more about the programme and how to apply.


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