Social care and social work face vast problems in recruitment, funding and innovation, but so far there hasn’t been a clear solution. A new startup called Care Sourcer, however, might just have figured out a way to improve the social care sector dramatically, while also supporting social workers.
Care Sourcer have found a way to save social workers substantial time spent dealing with referrals and complicated processes by creating an innovative care-matching platform. The platform directly connects care providers with people who are searching for care, offering care options often within just 24 hours. It cuts out a lot of headaches of searching for care, and that’s because its creators knew first-hand exactly what needed to change.
It all began in 2016, when Andrew McGinley decided that the care sector was broken.
He was running a successful care at home company with consistent “excellent” grades, but it was proving increasingly impossible to deliver the care that his clients deserved. With razor-thin margins, hiring and retaining staff was never-ending, and he knew the only way to stop firefighting was to bring in more clients – but that took time he didn’t have.
Around the same time, another care business owner Andrew Parfery had come to a similar realisation – he knew that people were waiting in hospital for the care that his company could provide, but there was no straightforward way to find them.
Andrew and Andrew were stuck. They were facing similar issues in their professional lives, but didn’t want to give up on their mission to improve things within social work and care. So a new tactic was needed.
Andrew McGinley decided to take action, so he sold his business and approached his competitor Andrew to see if he’d be willing to try something new – a marketplace for care that helped care seekers connect with the providers who were right for them. Andrew Parfery offered to do one better – he sold his business as well, and joined Andrew as co-founder of their new mission to shake-up the sector.
And thus, Care Sourcer was born.
Care Sourcer is the UK’s first comparison and matching site for care. Anyone can make a free request via www.caresourcer.com and receive offers from care providers who have immediate availability – often within 24 hours. As if simplifying the process wasn’t enough, Care Sourcer is free for service users. There’s only a small fee for the matching service to the provider, making it an easy choice for people looking to find care.
Care Sourcer can be used for free by social workers, private individuals, GPs, or anyone else who needs to find care for an older person. This is in stark contrast to the current landscape of care, where people are often given a list or catalogue of providers to phone, often in high-stress situations where a loved one is in hospital waiting to go home. Care Sourcer’s process is simple and best of all, it’s fast.
Two years on, Care Sourcer is now one of the UK’s most exciting startups and has already helped hundreds of people find care this year alone. We’ve got our eyes on how Care Sourcer develops, because any service that looks to innovate and support both social work and care professionals, is definitely someone we want to know more about. The Andrew’s just might have found the game-changing move the sector needed.