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Social care tech provider named one of fastest growing companies in the UK

Person Centred Software, the market leader in electronic care planning software for care homes, has been named as one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK.

The company, launched to help address the UK’s elderly care challenge, was placed 31st on the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 list this week.

Brothers Jonathan and Simon Papworth set up the company six years ago, writing their innovative electronic care planning software. They are now installing the system, an easy-to-use icon-based app on mobile devices, at the rate of 50 care homes a month. It is revolutionising adult social care by enabling carers to digitally record care as it is given – saving admin time and improving carer and nursing staff retention amid chronic staff shortages.

The company, which employs 34 people, grew its UK customer portfolio from 110 to more than 1,200 care homes in the four years to May 2019.

Duncan Down, lead partner for the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 programme, said: “The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 is internationally revered as one of the most important business awards in the industry.

“The awards highlight the success being achieved within the sector today, with Fintech businesses showing significant growth in particular.

The 50 fastest growing UK technology companies, as ranked by Deloitte, generated around £650m in total annual revenues in the year 2018/19 and employed more than 8,700 people. The Deloitte UK technology Fast 50 recorded an average three-year growth rate of 3,878 per cent.

Jonathan Papworth said: “Winning a place on the Deloitte listing is a significant milestone for the business. Our growth has been rapid, but for us, this is just the start. The opportunity in social care tech is huge – particularly when 80% of care homes in the UK are relying on slow, costly paper processes that our company can digitise in a day.

“We started the company to help improve standards in social care. We are on a mission to support outstanding care for some of the most vulnerable people in society. We know from 20 years’ experience developing technology for the care sector that only passion can create change – and we continue to stay at the helm of the business to help drive digital development in the future.”

Mobile technology in action

Handsale Care Group is improving efficiency and communication across its eight UK homes thanks to Person Centred Software’s system. It has seen impressive results; being able to digitally record care is saving nurses up to four hours a day; carers are saving between 45 minutes to an hour. This has translated into a significant improvement in staff retention, which has increased to 40% for carers and 33% for nurses.

Group care director Rishi Sodha said: “We are delighted. The time saved compared to doing paper charts and records has meant staff can spend more time with residents – which is exactly why they got the job in the first place.”

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