As funding pressures mount and the population ages, the ability to encourage and drive innovation is more important than ever. This award recognises the most innovative suppliers across residential, nursing and domiciliary care.
We are delighted to announce that the 2019 shortlist includes the following companies:
Andrew Wilson Partnership
Andrew Wilson Partnership LTD is the developer, designer and build manager behind St Monica Trust’s retirement village in Bristol, The Chocolate Quarter. Originally the home of Fry’s chocolate, The Chocolate Quarter offers luxury retirement living in completely refurbished iconic buildings, with beautifully designed apartments and a range of amenities open to the wider community, The facility caters for all care levels and is fully supported by local council care provision. The village includes the thoughtfully designed Charterhouse care home where a dedicated team of carers provides outstanding personalised care for those in need of long-term nursing, dementia care, rehabilitation, respite and palliative care. Andrew Wilson continues to innovate in its delivery of quality care homes and retirement villages with weekly visits to meet residents and learn how to improve the projects they design, develop and project manage. They also carry out annual tours to leading multi income care and retirement Villages in the US and Australia.
Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care
Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care is the first project of its kind in Europe, bringing together 11 organisations from Liverpool’s hospitals, councils, universities and technology SMEs to create new 5G technologies to help people manage long-term conditions. The project has received £4.9 million in funding from the government and consortium partners in the 12 months since it launched, indicating the demand for innovation in the sector. One of the technologies created as part of the pilot is a Loneliness Gaming and Quizzing App. The app has been co-developed by CGA Simulation and group of people with learning disabilities from Kensington Community Learning Centre. The group meet at KCLC each week to take part in activities and games and to chat. Other innovations include Safehouse Sensors, which are installed in homes to detect falls, and PAMAN, which provides a video link to a local pharmacy, helping people to take medicines at home safely.
Mirthy was born in response to an elderly man’s struggles with loneliness. Alex Ramamurthy befriended Peter through volunteering with Age UK in 2018. Peter was in his 80s, lived on his own and like many people of his age he rarely left the house or socialised. He was not receiving the care and support he needed at home. As CEO of the Care Workers Charity, Alex has travelled around numerous care homes and retirement living schemes. What he witnessed was fantastic facilities such as lounges, cafes, spas, cinema rooms and communal areas being highly under-utilised and sitting there as a sunk cost. Meanwhile, Alex has learned from CEOs of providers that recruitment and retention, occupancy rates, fee pressures and poor public perception are some of their biggest challenges. The solution is simple: Mirthy is an online marketplace that connects care homes and sheltered housing schemes that have under-utilised communal space with people who are looking for elderly day clubs. Think Airbnb for elderly socialising!
Within the past year, Planday has worked hard to cater more effectively to the health and care home sector. The staff rota software provider has endeavoured to understand the challenges faced by managers on a daily basis to ensure it caters to customers as effectively as possible. In the UK, Planday has passed its 100th healthcare customer milestone and this year ensured it was fully ISO 27001 compliant in an effort to ensure customer data is as safe as possible. In February 2019, Planday rolled out software features offering customers more options for managing payroll costs for salaried employees and employees who aren’t paid hourly. The business has recognised the diversity of the workforce in social care and is now allowing customers to onboard a greater number of employees. The company has also focused on enhancing schedule usability in order to make the user experience even smoother and quicker, building on the fact that it reduces scheduling times from periods of 15-10 hours to around 1 hour. Additionally, Planday has added filtering capabilities so that managers can target the right employees/groups/times of the day, allowing for availability to be displayed within the schedule and has also enhanced its technical scheduling performance by 30%, allowing for a quicker and smoother experience.
Person Centred Software
Person Centred Software has the most-widely used electronic evidence of care and care planning system in the UK, with over 1,300 care homes using its Mobile Care Monitoring (MCM) system. The company developed MCM in 2013 as an innovative solution to evidence care as it happens, enabling care providers to reduce the time spent on paperwork, exceed compliance measures and improve the quality of care. Innovations over the last 12 months include the digital red bag project with NHS Digital and Sutton Council, which digitised the transfer of documentation between care homes and hospitals, making admissions safer for residents and less time-consuming for care providers. In May 2019, Person Centred Software integrated facial recognition app PainChek into MCM to drive a technological revolution in pain relief for care home residents. Then in June 2019, the company partnered with Ascom to offer innovative hardware to care homes. Care homes using Ascom’s Myco 3 handsets can integrate evidence of care with other systems to provide a universal mobile device. The mobile device helps care providers to streamline care coordination, care responses and care delivery. Person Centred Software is also driving innovation by working with multiple eMAR providers to begin feeding data between MCM and eMAR solutions, to give care providers a greater choice of solutions.
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