South West Care Collaborative

A peer-led network supporting care home professionals to deliver high-quality care by sharing best practice across the South West care home community.

The South West Care Collaborative (SWCC), formerly known as Devon Care Kite Mark, was established in 2012 as a peer-led network to support people working in care homes to deliver high-quality care by sharing best practice and innovation. In 2018, the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) partnered with SWCC to connect the network to innovation in health and care across the South West.

The South West of England has over 900 residential care and nursing homes. Beyond the impact of the Care Quality Commission, there are few mechanisms to spread learning generated in care homes across a competitive market, where most providers only own one home. This makes systemic improvement a challenge.

The SW AHSN is supporting SWCC and network participants to:

  • Review homes rated ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ by the CQC to identify positive elements that can be spread to homes that may require more support.
  • Introduce and test proven innovations through the network.
  • Host training workshops, networking and sharing events to build skills and capacity.
  • Raise the profile of its collaborative and support further potential of the network across the region.

"It has been massively worthwhile for us. We wouldn't have been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission if it wasn't for the South West Care Collaborative."

-Care home in the South West

Care homes: The Art of the Irresistible

In July 2019, eight speakers took to the stage in the SW AHSN’s event space to deliver thought-provoking talks on transforming care for people living in residential housing.

Audience-goers were invited to browse an array of stalls showcasing examples of innovation in practice in care homes before taking their seats for the afternoon, hosted by care home owner and SWCC architect George Coxon (pictured). Speakers presented ideas for new ways of caring in care homes with creativity and surprising ingenuity.

Over 250 people watched the live-streamed talks. You can watch all the recordings in a playlist on our YouTube channel.

Join us

The SW AHSN and SWCC welcome new individuals looking to share best practice and improve the care home experience. If you would like to be involved, please contact SW AHSN care home project manager Kim Morrissey (

To be added the SWCC mailing list please email

Visit the SWCC website for upcoming collaborative training and events, projects and networking opportunities.

For information on the impact of the SWCC and other care home initiatives happening across the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), please read Improving safety in care homes - a report published by the AHSN Network in 2019.