“Many care operators today are facing more financial pressures than ever before. It is therefore imperative we offer our members a way to address such cost pressures without compromising on the quality of care. I am therefore delighted to announce that Marr Procurement, the Care Sector Procurement Specialist, has joined the National Care Forum as a new partner in 2017.” Vic Rayner, Executive Director, NCF
For organisations entering into a commercial arrangement with Marr Procurement, NCF has secured a number of substantive discounts.
Gainshare: Marr Procurement works on a gainshare arrangement where they charge a percentage of an audited saving once consumption of a good or service from a preferred supply agreement has occurred.
This arrangement works for two years after the establishment of the agreement. However, for NCF members the gainshare period has been reduced from two years to one year. A significant material saving.
Fixed fee: In addition, NCF have negotiated a full waiver of the fixed monthly fee. This is a permanent waiver, and of course, depending on the length of engagement can represent a significant savings of thousands of pounds, as the standard fee is £2000 per month.
Finally, members may be interested in a brand new service that Marr Procurement has developed, which brings the benefits of procurement to organisations of all sizes.
Their new online buying portal gives clients access to a regularly competed and managed supply base, particularly valuable if they don’t have their own procurement person or team. Marr Procurement will work with great suppliers, with the whole management and supply process independently audited by Deloitte; enabling an unexpurgated audit report to be sent to each client in relation.
In addition, if you wish to be connected to an NCF member already using their services then please review the testimonials on the website, and NCF can connect you directly.
“It is a privilege to be involved with the National Care Forum. I have worked in the UK care sector for a little over 45 years and never before have I seen the kind of cost pressures that care operators are facing today. Marr Procurement is like a breath of fresh in that not only do they produce outstanding results but they are also open, honest and nice people to work with. At a time when the UK care sector is facing real financial difficulties, if there is one organisation that can help to reduce operating costs without compromising on quality or care, it’s Marr Procurement."
Successful organisations are those that maximise the capability, engagement, and commitment of their people. In the increasingly competitive and financially stretched social care services sector, the advantages of retaining good people for longer are clear.
With over 10 years’ survey experience in the not-for-profit sector, Agenda Consulting has helped more than 100 organisations to measure the engagement of their staff and volunteers. We can provide benchmarks on key factors which influence engagement, enabling you to compare with others in your sector on those important areas. We offer:
Bespoke employee and volunteer surveys, including the Social Care Employee Engagement Survey (developed in partnership with NCF and VODG)
Pulse, on-boarding and exit surveys
Social Care Reward benchmarking study, which analyses the pay and benefits packages for front-line staff in social care
Benchmarking studies on HR and volunteer management metrics
We also conduct research into the social care sector, which we share through our free webinars and blogs.
Join over 125,000 learners, 700 care providers and industry partners who are members of the global Altura Learning community.
Altura learning shares best practice in care via high quality video based learning courses for those working in, or aspiring to work in, the UK health and social care sectors.
We are passionate about inspiring learners to improve their life and the quality of the lives of the people they support.
One of the many things we’ve learned over the past 20 years, is that the quality of the learning content you provide to your staff is absolutely key. It has a direct impact on the quality of the service they provide.
Therefore, Altura learning never compromises on the quality of our course content, which has earned a Centre of Excellence endorsement from Skills for Care and accreditation via CPD.
For every piece of content we create we ask ourselves - Does it Engage, Inform and Inspire?
Content is customer-focused drawing on cutting edge research, industry experts and frontline carer and customer stories globally. And all this is delivered by Altura’s multi-award winning learning management system, Bridge.
Health and Social care organisations are being asked to deliver more for less and to balance increasing demands for quality services with challenging economic circumstances. Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) acts as an expert for many leading health and social care providers, helping them to navigate this highly complex legislative and regulatory environment.
Our depth of expertise in health and social care legal practice covers numerous issues frequently faced in regulation, property, employment and governance. We can support you in many ways, including with:
property development projects, and the buying and selling of care homes
crisis management and dispute resolution
a range of employment issues including TUPE, pensions and National Minimum Wage
regulatory challenges, reputation management and CQC inspections.
At ACS our purpose is to improve lives, communities and society by working with like-minded clients who share our vision and passion. For over 40 years we have been successfully combining market-leading legal expertise with a commitment to excellence and long-term relationships.
Food isn’t just about nutrition, it connects people. As the leading meal provider for care homes, feeding over 15,000 residents every day, we know the importance of mealtimes. That’s why we create meals with the balanced-nutrition, choice and quality your residents deserve. From a Sunday roast to fish on Friday, we only use the best ingredients, sustainably sourced from trusted suppliers, and prepared by talented chefs and qualified dietitians.
With over 200 delicious meals and desserts to choose from, there’s something for everyone, for all sorts of tastes, dietary needs or cultural requirements, including religious preferences. Such an appealing choice of food means you’ll be rewarded with clean plates all round.
Come and visit our stand to find out more and learn how we are more than just a food supplier but a partner who could help improve your care home’s whole dining experience.
We’re proud to have over 160 years’ experience of caring for our customers, and we’ve been providing a dedicated, local pharmacy service to care home residents for over 25 years. As a market leading care home medicine provider, Boots want to make it easy for you to give an effective, safe and efficient service and provide you with the tools and support required to help in the delivery of person centred care. Boots also offer Pharmacist Advice Visits, including antipsychotic medication audits, Boots Care Learning to support resident care and medication management and an eMAR solution to suit your needs.
C4 Multimedia offer a full web development service including consultancy, design, development, search engine optimisation and maintenance.
We pride ourselves in our ability to go above and beyond your expectations, giving you a solution that surpasses your vision, and delivers a product that enhances your business and provides return on investment.
Here at CARE, we’ve been delivering specialist insurance for the care and charity sector for over 30 years. We can assist you in arranging a variety of insurance solutions that are tailor made to your organisations individual needs.
Providing the best possible service is at the heart of everything we do. Our dedicated team of insurance broking professionals understand all your needs – think of them as an advice hub for risk management, compliance and industry sector updates.
We provide insurance for:
•Not for profit care groups
•Charities of all sizes
•Corporate care groups
•Community and domiciliary care providers
•Supported and sheltered homes
•Individual care homes (younger persons and elderly, including nursing)
All our insurers include as standard:
•Property and contents
•Trustee indemnity cover
We’re proud to have worked with NCF since 2004 and in that time we have developed an in-depth understanding of their members’ needs and the challenges they face.
Care Check are one of UK's largest and long established providers of electronic DBS certificates.
At Care Check we work with organisations ranging from small care homes, through to NHS PCT's, Care Recruitment Firms and some of the largest care providers. Our system has revolutionised the way employers request checks.
Our organisation was established in 2002 and we now process over 100,000 DBS Checks every year along with several thousand supporting checks and we currently work with over 7000 organisations throughout England and Wales.
We launched electronic applications in 2009 and the system revolutionised the way employers request their DBS checks. We introduced a completely paperless and extremely quick route for the provision of criminal record checks.
Efficiency and first-class customer service make us outshine our competitors. We provide a competitively priced platform to our clients with a hassle free and easy process, which saves them money and time. Recruitment can be stressful, but our system removes the hassle and makes the process more manageable.
At Care Check we provide DBS Checks to all sizes and nature of businesses and we are adept at tailoring your system free of charge to suit your needs. Whether it be a basic account or a tailored account, our clients can have their managers submitting checks for their site individually while monitoring the process of all their groups applications through one head office HR dashboard.
How can our system benefit you?
Speed – Over 60% of the checks we submit are completed and returned within 24 hours with nearly 90% being completed within 5 days.
Service – We love our clients and we want to help in whichever way we can when it comes to processing your DBS checks; From legislation advice to amendments and setups we will always be available to assist you. Take a look at what our customers say about us by visiting Trustpilot.
Price – We do not charge any registration or system setup fees and you only pay for the checks you submit. Plus our admin fees start from just £4 per application.
Care Choices has been publishing in social care for over 20 years. We have evolved from humble beginnings, developing care services directories for local authorities, into a multimedia publisher and event producer. We reach senior executives, care seekers and their close relatives, families of children with additional needs and practitioners. We interact with all facets of the sector from the regulator and government through to providers and the general public.
Our insightful, knowledgeable and creative portfolio will help you reach your audience.
Care Choices Regional Directories include information on all aspects of care and support. Produced in conjunction with local authorities and independently. Care Choices Website and Helpline support people in their search for care and information.
Care Select guides relatives through the emotional and practical aspects of choosing and funding care.
My Family, Our Needs is the site for families, carers and practitioners supporting children and young people with additional needs. The Transition Event – national and regional conferences and exhibitions exploring positive outcomes in transition.
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