ID Medical earns place in HealthTrust Europe
Written by Caryn Cooper
With its solid reputation and longstanding in the medical recruitment industry, ID Medical proudly confirms its newly appointed position through the HealthTrust Europe Medical Locums Framework Agreement as the Software Portal Supplier and one of five Tier 1 providers to Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Greater Manchester, the largest non-teaching Trust in the UK employing around 8,000 staff.
The Trust provides a range of elective emergency, district general services, some specialist services and operates from four sites, Fairfield General Hospital, Bury; North Manchester General Hospital; The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary.
This contract achievement for the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary healthcare recruiter was a result of ID Medical’s ‘most economically advantageous tender’ offering, compiled through the professional entry of its tender team. Its Simplicity Software portal, a world-class management solution system, was commended on its functionality; namely its level of support, the types of training provided and the intuitive, easy to use format of its user screens.
The technology was altogether well received operationally by the Evaluation Panel, and with respect to ID Medical’s overall presentation, HealthTrust Europe debriefed that ID Medical’s bid team “excelled in clarifying high level responses and reassuring the Trust with respect to delivering to its requirements”.
Deenu Patel, managing director at ID Medical, commented, “The passion and empathy to understand our clients’ ever-changing and enduring pressures, combined with respect for delivering to requirements and beyond, continues to stand us in good stead for building a long-term relationship with Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
For us, it is all about just that, the long-term. Our sustainable solutions are aligned to future models of care, meaning we are best placed to help Trusts deal with the challenges that lie ahead. This award represents a momentous step for us and illustrates the level of work and complete dedication that is resolutely put in from our entire workforce”.
Birdie aims to reinvent elderly care with tech
British startup Birdie has announced it has raised £8.2 million to invest in innovation and scale up the business.
The company's announcement is timely as it follows the criticism of the UK government over their lack of a plan for social care, despite acknowledging the sector is in crisis - around a quarter of the UK's home care providers are on the brink of bankruptcy due to a lack of funds and staffing.
Birdie was born with a mission to "radically improve the lives of millions of older adults", by using app-based solutions, IoT and machine learning to put preventative care at the forefront. The company was founded by Max Parmentier, after experiencing his own frustrations with the care system - his grandfather struggled with the impact of life in a care home, but lacked any other option.
In 2017 Parmentier partnered with venture builder Kamet Ventures to set up Birdie, in a bid to fix this problem. Since then, Birdie has partnered with almost 500 providers across the UK, and supports more than 20,000 older people every week. In the past 12 months alone the number of people Birdie supports has got six times greater.
Birdie’s solution is an app to help care providers deliver more coordinated, personalised and preventative care, by giving them access to digital assessments, medication scheduling and planning tools. By using digital tools to take care of admin, staff have more time to spend with their care recipients.
The new investment will be used to fund Birdie’s next phase of growth in the UK, as the company scales to meet the rapidly growing demand of the aging population. The company will also invest in product innovation, creating new features to address customer requests.
In addition, Birdie is piloting new care models, including partnering with the NHS to identify COVID-19 symptoms, building predictive pharmacy models with AI, and helping health authorities to detect early warning signs of patients’ health risks.
Internally, Birdie is committed to having a progressive company ethos. All salaries are transparent, and staff work asynchronously to maximise flexibility and equity. Staff members also volunteer in their local community during office hours, and the company offsets all its emissions.
These efforts have led to numerous awards, including having the best SME culture in the UK, an Honorable Mention in the Health category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards, and innovation in care at the LangBuisson awards.
“We believe the future of care for older people should be helping them to live at home for as long as possible through the delivery of personalised and preventative care" Parmentier said.
"Birdie is already the partner of choice for caregivers up and down the UK, and this new funding will help us rapidly increase the number we partner with and what we can offer them - meaning more people benefiting from more affordable, quality care. We’re proud of our mission and the values we embody to pursue it.”