Salford based health and social care provider Aspire for Intelligent Care and Support has partnered with Manchester Metropolitan University to help transform and shape the future of social care by fast-forwarding Aspire into a new digital era.

As part of UK Innovate Knowledge Transfer Partnership, the organisations will work together to transform the systems and digital culture of Aspire, improving operational productivity and creating innovative tech-enabled care solutions for people with dementia and learning disabilities.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships link universities and forward-thinking businesses enabling them to deliver innovation projects through the application of academic excellence, with the aim of upskilling the existing workforce and providing a career springboard for graduates in the industry.

The £220,000 investment will help Aspire to map current processes and create bespoke digital solutions to drive performance and productivity. Through applying the principles of knowledge transfer the project will train the Aspire social care workforce to think innovatively and apply digital solutions to continually improve support services in the future.

The project also represents an exciting opportunity for the Business Transformations research centre at Manchester Metropolitan University to explore the application of digital and cultural transformation within CQC regulated services.   

“We are delighted to announce our successful bid for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and are very much looking forward to working together. This project will have a real impact on the efficiency, productivity, and performance of Aspire, moving us into a new digital era.

We have always been progressive in our approach to providing extraordinary support and know that this opportunity will help us to be even more innovative ensuring that we consistently offer the highest quality of services” said Lisa Dickinson, CEO – Aspire.

The two-year project is due to commence in September and will conclude in 2025. Alongside the organisational transformation the project will also support the publication of peer reviewed journal papers and contribute to the curriculum of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the university.

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