Orchard Care shortlisted for award

Orchard Care Homes has been announced as a finalist in this year’s Leaders in Care Awards.

The company has been shortlisted in the Innovation in Care category for its new bespoke software, Project Ragnarok. The brain child of head of business systems and management information, Rachel Smith, this state of the art software system was developed in partnership with Civica, a global IT-based services partner in digital solutions.

It aims to reduce the use of agency by ensuring the workforce is rostered effectively to provide staffing that allows for greater continuity of care, minimising duplication and allowing staff to spend more meaningful time with residents.

The announcement follows news that the organisation has also been shortlisted in the LaingBuisson Awards and highlights its commitment to providing the highest quality of care through constant improvement and investment in technologies.

The Leaders in Care winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 9 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

A spokesperson from the panel of judges says: “Innovation is a key ingredient of outstanding care. People recognised in this category are those who refuse to rest on their laurels and pursue constant improvement through having the courage to take risks, try something new and learn from their mistakes.”

Tom Brookes, CEO at Orchard Care Homes, adds: “I am very proud of the team being shortlisted for this award. Over the past 12 months, we have embraced technology to improve quality of care and operations within the homes. Project Ragnarok reduces time-consuming manual processes, capturing staff data in one place and most importantly, improves the quality of care for our residents."