Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

The Lens

Do you have an idea that could help people live at home better for longer?

Dumfries and Galloway’s Health and Social Care Partnership want everyone to experience safe, high-quality care that meets their needs, rights, and choices. 

As a commitment to helping people live better at home for longer DG HSCP have launched an investment fund of £30,000 to develop and test up to six ideas over the next 6 months.

Applications are open until 12pm on 1st November 2022. You can submit your application via dg.spcp@nhs.scot. 

We’d love to hear from you if you have an idea that: 

  • Helps people to live well at home for longer
  • Promotes equality and inclusiveness
  • Promotes collaborative partnerships
  • Shows creativity, added value and innovation 
  • Demonstrates an understanding of costs 
  • Addresses risk
  • Amplifies the voices of people using care 
  • Has the potential to be replicated and scaled

Who can apply?

It is often the people closest to the problem who have the best ideas. The fund and idea development programme are open to people who deliver care and support across the Health and Social Care Partnership.

How can I develop my idea?

Ideas will be shortlisted by a panel of members from the Health and Social Care Partnership. If your idea is shortlisted, The Lens will help you develop the tools, skills and confidence you need to pitch for investment from this fund.

By helping you develop the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur, our team will help you turn your idea into action, improving people’s livelihoods in the process. Through practical workshops, coaching and peer support, we’ll ensure you have everything you need to ask for funding and turn your idea into a reality.

To find out more contact The Lens by email at hello@lensperspectives.org.uk

Download an application form here: Lens application

See the Lens Flyer

Watch either the shorter or longer videos explaining the programme: