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Resourcing Care with AI - NDGAIs regular talk show

Episode 10 "AI Revolution: Upskilling the Care Sector"

Welcome to NDGAI's tenth instalment of regular YouTube talk show Resourcing Care with AI.

NDGAI's Data Science Director Dr Rodrigo Pinheiro dedicates his time once again to craft another enlightening discussion. In this episode, Rod explores ‘AI Revolution: Upskilling the Care Sector’.

We invite you to join us today at 10.00 AM on our YouTube channel NDG Artificial Intelligence Ltd - YouTube  to learn about AI's potential in healthcare and how it’s elevating the care sector's capabilities effectively. 🤩

Head on over to our YouTube channel  NDG Artificial Intelligence Ltd and subscribe or click below to watch the next episode this Wednesday 27th September 2023.

#resourcingcarewithai #ndgai #care #talkshow #ai

September 27, 2023

Care Quality Commission Single Assessment Framework

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can assist care providers in meeting the goals of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Single Assessment Framework (SAF) initiative by enhancing various aspects of care delivery, assessment, and compliance. Here are ways AI can support care providers in achieving these goals:

  • Patient Assessment and Monitoring:
  • Care Planning and Personalisation:
  • Medication Management:
  • Resource Allocation:
  • Quality Assurance:
  • Staff Training and Development:
  • Data Security and Compliance:
  • Feedback Analysis:
  • Administrative Efficiency:

By leveraging AI technologies effectively, care providers can improve the quality of care, enhance patient experiences, and ensure compliance with CQC's Single Assessment Framework initiative, ultimately leading to better healthcare outcomes for patients and more efficient operations for care facilities.

December 04, 2023

Optimise your workforce, Future Proof your business

The cost of living crisis is having a significant effect on people in the UK. The cost of food, fuel, transportation, and housing has increased, leaving many people struggling to make ends meet. 

The crisis is also impacting the Care sector, both in terms of services it provides and the people who work within it.  A decrease in funding has resulted in cuts to services and fewer staff to provide them. This has had a detrimental effect on the quality of care available to vulnerable people and has also led to an increase in the number of people needing care. 

Volunteers and charities offer lifelines to people who would be lost without their support. However, the devastating effects the cost of living crisis is having on the UK, means charities are being forced to scale back services or stop operating. 

Did you know…

⬇️As core costs continue to rise, income streams for volunteers and charities remain at a risk. Data shows that 51% of the sector's income comes from the public, yet recent trends show that fewer people are affording to donate.

⬇️Government funding is falling. Income from the government fell by £684m in 2019/20. This means that government departments and local authorities will have no choice but to cut short term funding, to make up for higher costs elsewhere.

⬇️Rising energy prices will continue to remain high this year. Electricity prices in the UK rose by 65.4% and gas prices by 128.9% in the year to December 2022.

⬇️Costly consumables that we buy everyday will continue to increase. Food and non-alcoholic beverage prices rose 14.5% in the year to September 2022, the highest rate in more than 40 years.

⬇️Increase in fuel prices . Fuel prices in the UK reached record highs in 2022, although prices have started to fall, they’ll stay high for the foreseeable future.

⬇️The National Living Wage will rise to £10.42 from 1st April 2023, meaning the cost of staff recruitment will be more expensive. 

⬇️Increase of service users. The prolonged recession will directly impact our elderly communities driving further needed demand for more support.

How can we help?

It is now even more important to look at cost savings. Assess your budgets and look at ways to manage your organisations biggest  financial burdens now and into the future ahead.  

If you haven’t already thought about it, optimisation of your workforce will allow you to highlight areas you need to address to work more productively. This will help your business operate more efficiently, become more cost efficient, and utilise your time more effectively.

#costofliving #enoughisenough #inflation #care #socialcare #homecare

October 06, 2023

Resourcing Care with AI - NDGAIs regular talk show

Episode 11 "The Adult Social Care Technology Fund"

Welcome to NDGAI's eleventh instalment of regular YouTube talk show Resourcing Care with AI.

This week NDGAI's CIO Richard Ward shares details about The Adult Social Care Technology Fund.

We invite you to join us today at 10.00 AM on our YouTube channel NDG Artificial Intelligence Ltd - YouTube and learn some of the key points about the fund and the types of technology solutions that could be funded from it.

If you are interested to learn more about the second wave of funding further details can be found here.

Head on over to our YouTube channel  NDG Artificial Intelligence Ltd and subscribe or click below to watch the next episode this Wednesday 11th October 2023.

Join us now and watch:

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October 11, 2023

The NHS - Integrated Care Partnership & Better Care Fund

Integrated Care Partnerships and the Better Care Fund are two important initiatives in the NHS aimed at improving the coordination and delivery of healthcare services...

and is aimed at providing more patient-centered, efficient, and effective care while addressing the complex needs of individuals with chronic conditions and those requiring both health and social care services. They represent a shift towards a more holistic and integrated approach to healthcare, which can lead to improved outcomes and a better patient experience.

So what are these organisations initiatives?

Integrated Care Partnerships

  • Collaborative Approach: ICPs represent a shift towards a more collaborative approach to healthcare. They bring together various healthcare providers, including hospitals, primary care, mental health services, social care, and community organisations, to work as a single, integrated team.
  • Focus on Population Health: ICPs aim to improve the health and well-being of an entire population, rather than just treating individual illnesses. They focus on preventing illness, promoting good health, and addressing the social determinants of health.
  • Patient-Centered Care: ICPs prioritise patient-centered care by involving patients and their families in decision-making and tailoring care plans to individual needs and preferences.
  • Efficiency and Cost Savings: By coordinating care across different settings and reducing duplication of services, ICPs can potentially improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery and reduce overall costs.
  • Innovation: ICPs often encourage innovative approaches to care delivery, such as telehealth, care navigation, and new care models that better meet the needs of the population they serve.

September 28, 2023

10 Tips For Improving Employee Productivity

Employee productivity is an assessment of the efficiency of an individual worker or group of workers.

Employee productivity is the driving force of all businesses. The more efficient your workforce is, the more your company will succeed, resulting in a higher return on investment and increased profit

Are you struggling with employee productivity? It might be time to ask yourself: How can I, as a leader, improve employee productivity in my business? 

In this article, we outline ten things you can do to increase employee efficiency in your workforce to save time and money.

Match tasks to skillset

Knowing your employees' skills, working methods, and learning styles is essential for maximising efficiency. Before delegating a task, ask yourself: is this the person suitable for the job I am giving them? If not, look for someone with skills and learning styles better suited to the requirements.

Set realistic goals 

Employees are guaranteed to be more productive if provided with achievable goals to aim for. Conversely, employees will be less productive if a goal is not accurately defined and attainable. Goal setting not only helps employees self-motivate, but it can also help to build confidence in their ability to succeed.

Invest in training and development

Your employees' training plays a massive role in their ability to complete the job efficiently. One of the most critical strategies for boosting productivity is to provide more training opportunities to help them develop their skills.

There are a lot of valuable skills that your employees can develop to boost their productivity. It could be time management, basic team leadership skills, or even Excel training. Remember: The more prepared they are for the job's requirements, the more productive they are likely to be.

Avoid overworking your employees

This one goes without saying; however, it's a common pitfall in some industries, particularly agency work and healthcare. Ensure you provide your employees with a schedule that supports a fair work-life balance, so they always feel appreciated and valued.

Provide incentives

One of the best ways to motivate your employees to be more productive is to give them a reason to do so. Simple things like an extra day's holiday, an extended lunch break, or a gift voucher of their choice are all simple rewards that will pay dividends. 

Celebrate their success

Recognising your workers for a job well done will make them feel appreciated and encourage them to continue being more productive. Always take the time to recognise hard work to establish a more appreciative workplace culture. 

Focus on effective communication

If you're a manager who lacks open communication between you and your employees, you are asking for productivity issues in the workplace. Open a line of clear and concise communication between you and your employees. This can be via email, a 1-2-1, or a staff survey. Not only does this allow you to communicate expectations and responsibilities requirements effectively, but it will also encourage your team members to communicate honestly and openly.

Provide honest feedback

There is no hope of increasing employee productivity if they don't know they're being unproductive, to begin with. Offer constructive feedback where you see fit to allow your employees to learn from past mistakes and develop their skills.

Consider offering flexible working hours

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, flexible working is now preferred and even considered the norm in some industries. Providing a flexible working pattern allows your employees to choose when, where and how they work to suit their needs, offering a more structured work/life balance which is proven to increase productivity.

Use a tool

Providing your employees with the right tools is essential if you want them to be efficient. The same approach should be applied to you, too. Investing in an employee scheduling tool like OptifAI can help eliminate hours of manual scheduling time, allowing you to focus on boosting your employees' productivity.

August 10, 2023

How Using OptifAI® to Schedule Staff Can Save Your Business Money

Now more than ever, it’s important to look out for cost-saving opportunities. Whether that’s cutting out unnecessary overtime hours, reducing excess travel expenses, or streamlining business practices to eradicate unproductive wage costs.  Investing in a dedicated employee scheduling software solution that is designed to cut costs, simplify processes, and maximise efficiency might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.

In this article, we’ll show you just some of the ways OptifAI® will save you money, whilst streamlining time-consuming company procedures and enhancing employee productivity across the board.

September 26, 2023

Streamline your processes

Want to streamline your business practices? 

If you haven’t already considered an AI algorithm driven innovative workforce scheduling software, now’s the time!

OptifAI® analyses the number of booked visits with and allocates as few workers as possible to all visits, whilst ensuring sufficient travel time, adherence to working regulations, and your chosen business objectives such as; continuity of care. 

#optifai #customersuccess #partnersincare #careaboutcare #ai #scheduling

September 19, 2023

Best Practices for Managing Shift Swapping

Shift swapping is when one employee cannot work a shift, so swaps their shift with another staff member to ensure the shift gets covered.

If you've ever had to put together a schedule, you'll understand the pain and frustration of a last-minute shift swap notification!

July 26, 2023

Are you assessment ready?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independent regulator in the UK that oversees health and social care services. As part of their new regulatory approach - set to be implemented later this year, the CQC will be evaluating how care providers have incorporated environmentally sustainable practices into their operations.

Care providers that demonstrate a commitment to environmentally sustainable practices may receive positive recognition and encouragement from the CQC, while those falling short may be prompted to implement necessary changes to meet the new regulatory expectations. This shift towards assessing climate change adaptation readiness in the healthcare sector aligns with broader global efforts to address climate change and create a more sustainable future.

Our powerful award winning AI- driven software OptifAI® empowers its users to embrace eco-friendly operational methods. OptifAI reduces worker travel time and mileage costs by placing the closest (and most cost-effective) worker to each visit therefore, reducing an organisation's carbon footprint.. OptifAI® is proven to reduce fuel costs and mileage cutting down the time employees spend travelling. Additionally, OptifAI® automates monotonous tasks, saving hours of admin time whilst ensuring  long-term continuity. With OptifAI®, organisations can achieve more efficient coverage, eliminate staff overlaps, and avoid missed appointments, thus enabling the workforce to accomplish more with fewer resources.

As a result, organisations that adopt  OptifAI® not only benefit from improved productivity, accuracy, and cost reductions, but they also contribute to a greener and more sustainable future by actively reducing their carbon footprint.

August 04, 2023

Making an impact on our struggling society

Let’s evaluate how amazing the advances in AI technology are for improved elderly care. 

Predictive analytics help care providers anticipate health issues allowing for early intervention and therefore,  improving patient outcomes.

Communication between care providers and patients using AI based systems, means processes are streamlined and time and admin costs are reduced.

Medical conditions are diagnosed more accurately and quickly using AI-driven image analysis.

Because of the growing number of elderly people in the UK population, we will see further developments in personalised care to support this demographic. Advances in technology coupled with an increased understanding of the needs of the elderly are driving innovation in AI technology. AI driven technologies will help our elderly loved ones maintain independence meaning an improved quality of life, and reduce the risk of chronic health conditions.

#careprofessionals #homehealthcare #eldercare #collaboration #teamwork #careaboutcare #customersuccess

September 19, 2023

Empower your caregivers!

“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

NDGAI is extremely proud of its company values and how far the business has come. The business's success has relied on the collective energy, aptitude, and contributions of the team.

We take pride in our work, and what we do, we do well.

We provide exceptional products and incomparable services that, together, deliver remarkable value to our partners and their customers.

We make a difference.

#lovewhatyoudo #care #socialcare #providersofcare #ai #scheduling #workforcesolutions

September 19, 2023

We are Care Sector Supplier 2022 Award Winners!

The team at NDGAI were over the moon to hear that we had been nominated as finalists for the Care Sector Supplier Awards on the 25th November 2022. Alongside 24 other category winners, CEO Nigel Gittins headed down to Kensington, London where he was delighted to accept the prestigious award for Start-Up Supplier 2022.

February 10, 2023