Liverpool platform to “revolutionise” social care recruitment

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by Stephen Chapman

A new platform has been released, which hopes to revolutionise the recruitment of carers, at a critical time for the sector.

Design Integrity has been working alongside the charity, Shared Lives Plus, to create an online tool to digitise the recruitment and assessment process for Shared Lives carers.

Currently paper-based, Design Integrity believes the new online tool has the potential to modernise the social care sector, with a more “interactive and agile approach to carer recruitment without losing its interpersonal qualities.”

“By creating an online recruitment portal and assessment process we have adapted a lengthy six-month application process to around six weeks, while still maintaining the high-quality standards Shared Lives services are recognised for,” said Jayne Wilson, Director of Development at Shared Lives Plus.

As part of the project, Design Integrity provided an accessible user experience and branded interface to make the Shared Lives carer application process an attractive digital proposition, while retaining the personal aspect of the assessment.

“Successfully executing this digital initiative during lockdown has been a brilliantly rewarding piece of work for our studio and I’m incredibly proud of the team. The nature of this ground-breaking project falls perfectly in line with our value-centric positioning and very much marks the direction of our exciting future as a business,” explained Stephen Murray, Founder and Creative Director at Design Integrity.

“The social care sector is just one of many industries adapting to new ways of doing business with hybrid and remote working now being considered on a more permanent basis. The impact of the pandemic has accelerated the need for digital processes in the workplace and a tool such as this can be adapted to a multitude of purposes that improve productivity and quality of relationships in a modern world driven by technology.”

The next step for the agency will be to add a learning platform for existing and new carers to develop professionally.

 “I’m delighted that Shared Lives Plus, under the extraordinary pressure of the pandemic with the support of government’s Covid Emergency Fund, has ambitiously transformed the way local authority and independent Shared Lives schemes recruit and assess potential carers, supported by online technology to provide innovative Shared Lives support in their own home,” stated Helen Whately, Former Minister of State for Social Care.

“Shared Lives services, funded by our Covid Emergency Fund, have exceeded their ambitious recruitment targets.”

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