The CEO of Netli, a social care software supplier based in Scotland, has been named an ‘Unsung Hero’ at the 2021 Digital Technology Awards.
Stephen Wilson, who is also the co-founder of home care provider Social Care Alba, was recognised by ScotlandIS for his work in supporting health and social care services across the country through the pandemic, free of charge.
Netli was created with the aim of tackling some of the biggest issues in the sector by providing tailor-made solutions, including a workforce management platform and a business consulting programme to help improve recruitment and retention.
In January 2020, Netli launched Scotland’s first dedicated care jobs board. This serves as a single source and centralised hub for careers in care across the country.
During the pandemic, the company offered its Workforce software free of charge, as well as free advertising on its jobs board.
Stephen Wilson commented: “These are incredibly difficult times for everyone right now and to continue providing critical care services for the most vulnerable in our society, care providers across the UK must quickly adapt to changing priorities and implement methods of remote working for administration and managerial staff – this is where we can help.
“I am extremely honoured to have received this award on behalf of all our staff who have worked tirelessly to support the sector over the past 18 months.”
Wilson continued: “As well as supporting those already working in the sector, our dedicated online jobs board CareJob.co, powered by Workforce helps facilitate the transition of more people into a career in care in a time where it is needed most. By getting 1000’s of people into care jobs, 10,000’s of vulnerable people have been supported.”
The CEO is predicting the crisis in social care to worsen this year as new immigration laws force foreign care workers to leave the country.
He said: “Sadly, Brexit and the pandemic have devastated the sector which employs over 2 million people across the UK. Nelti is asking for Government support, as we predict the crisis will only become worse come autumn with more than 35% of the UK workforce leaving within 12 months.”