"What's it Gonna Take...?" was the first step in a collaborative innovation project created and delivered by Viatic, in collaboration with Inclusion North and Inclusion East and NHS England. Dubbed #IdeasDayLD (due to the event' s twitter handle), this was the first of two days of creative, collaborative innovation events. The day brought together experts, service users and those who are just interested(!) to work together and tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing people with learning disabilities. This first stage was looking at undrestanding the problems to tackle and generating initial ideas for solutions. The second day (DesignDayLD) saw groups take these ideas and shape them into tangible solutions. This resulted in four collaborative projects to test out new solutions in the real world.
This was a new approach for NHS England and the inclusion organisations with whom we partnered. However, it unlocked the resources, knowledge and enthusiasm of a much wider range of people to focus on these very real and problematic challenges.
As a result of the success of these first events, we are now planning with NHS England to run a similar series of Open Innovation events with them in the Midlands and East region in March 2016.
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