The care sector is set for a reappraisal of its current scepticism towards remote working in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Health and Social Care Leaders Forum, sponsored by The Access Group, is chaired by Jonathan Vellacott, executive chairman of MiHomecare and The Complete Group, and convenes to discuss the most pressing issues in social care.
While many care providers have previously been sceptical of the effectiveness of ‘remote’ operational visits and inspections, the leaders agreed that checking sites remotely could offer a more cost effective and efficient solution.
Raina Somerson, CEO of Agincare, explained that in the past her organisation had been sceptical of how effective ‘remote’ inspections of homes across the UK could be, but found that they were as productive as conducting visits in person.
She added that remote visits are “in many ways more focused and more meaningful” than in-person visits often were.
The forum also discussed the growing role of technology in the sector, with one provider saying care technology has developed more in the last few months than it had over the previous five years.
Steve Sawyer, managing director of Access Health and Social Care, (pictured) added: “It was a pleasure to sponsor the first Health and Social Care Leaders Forum and recognise the hard work and resilience shown by the whole industry over recent months. The forum ended with a consensus that the pandemic period was no doubt a challenge for the sector but there have always been and will continue to be challenges.
“Overall the reaction from the sector has been strong and as we move forward there will be outcomes that will create sustainable businesses, providing greater quality of care and an improved working environment for employees.”