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Business development

Business development

We are experts in delivering education and training, consultancy and research services across our all of our teaching disciplines.

We work collaboratively with health and social care providers to promote practice development and workplace learning.

Our knowledge and skills are underpinned by programmes of research, cutting-edge delivery of teaching and learning, and regular consultations with health and social care service users.

We offer the sharing of information and expertise in:

  • Bespoke education and training
  • Consultancy
  • Design and delivery of health and social care policy
  • In-company programmes
  • Collaborative and contract research
  • Social enterprise services and training
  • Workforce development
  • Knowledge transfer partnerships

 

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Social enterprise

We aim to share our knowledge, expertise and resources with a range of public, private and voluntary organisations through the development of social enterprise.

A social enterprise is a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose, with a clear sense of what difference it’s trying to make. We aim to share our knowledge, expertise and resources with a range of public, private and voluntary organisations through the development of social enterprise.

Kingston and St George’s research often informs our social enterprise, with a number of successful enterprises going on to become self-sustaining and win awards in their chosen fields.

We consider this a mark of the quality of our research and relationship building, with a range of collaborative partnerships including:

 

Our social enterprise activities draw on the resources of our two parent universities as well as a range of other collaborative partnerships and research. Social enterprises established through our work that continue to make a great impact in the United Kingdom include:

Bridges: Living with stroke
Brisges logoDr Fiona Jones, Professor of Rehabilitation Research, is the founder of the ‘Bridges’ self-management programme, developed from a programme of research in stroke since 2008. Bridges was  launched as a social enterprise from Kingston and St George’s in 2013 and exists to make a difference to the lives of people who live with long-term conditions by working with health, social care and third sector teams to define and deliver best practice in self-management support.Bridges has resulted in significant changes to the practice of post-stroke practitioners who have implemented the programme’s person-centred and self-management approaches to care. The scheme was adopted as a priority project by the National Stroke Improvement plan in 2009 (under its previous title of “Stepping Out”) and has been cited as an exemplary case study in the ‘Life after Stroke’ commissioning guidance for the National Health Service in London in 2010. Bridges was launched as the Faculty’s first social enterprise project in 2013.The Bridges approach includes an innovative and evidence-based model of integrated self-management support now used by more than 80 rehabilitation teams across the UK, New Zealand and Australia, it includes;

  1. Developing and delivering bespoke training for rehabilitation teams working in community and acute settings
  2. Supported by unique, co-produced self-management tools for patients and their families and friends, and
  3. Innovative research and service development projects in the area of self-management support/change management consultancy services and monitoring and evaluation expertise

The self-management tools are a useful adjunct but the core of the approach addresses how individual practitioners and teams work together towards a common approach to self-management support.

Bridges has strong social values incorporated into its constitution including expertise in patient and public involvement/co-production and a commitment to reinvest profits to enhance its social aims.

Visit Bridges to find out more about training and the benefits for your business.

Heritage2Health
Heritage to Health logoHeritage2Health is a coordinated approach to shared learning and understanding between health, social care, the creative industries, heritage and countryside sector.It stages ‘challenge events’ at heritage sites across the UK, aimed at supporting the wellbeing of people who may feel socially isolated or excluded because of a disability or health condition, or the demands of caring for others.The concept evolved from collaboration between Kingston and St George’s and the WestFocus health network.If you wish to learn more about your business taking part in Heritage2Health activities, you can contact the team by emailing: t.nash@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Visit Heritage to Health to find out more about training and benefits for your business.

Cultural Awareness for Minority Elders (Ca-Me)

Cultural Awareness for Minority Elders (Ca-Me) logoThe Ca-Me project aims to develop more culturally sensitive service provision in the health and social care sector, in response to the growing number of elderly people from ethnic minority communities living in Europe. The goal is to ensure that equality and excellence of service is delivered to all.

The project facilitates contact between teachers and trainers involved in vocational training in health and social care in the partner countries. The aim is to bring them together to share good practice and develop the training tools and materials to ensure the practice is relevant to the different situations and experiences.

Ca-Me target groups are colleges, vocational training schools, organisations and health and care institutions in Europe. The target sector is health and social care providers, like nursing homes, home-service offices, day-centres and hospitals. The final users are students and employees in the health, nursing and care sector in Europe.

Kingston and St George’s is a joint partner with eight other facilities across Europe.

If you wish to learn more about how your business can become involved with Ca-Me, contact the team by emailing: info@ca-me.eu