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Sheffield start-up secures £350,000 funding for nurse call system


Arquella has secured £350,000 from Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund to develop and market an advanced nurse call system for care homes. The Sheffield start-up’s AURA hardware and


AIDA data platform is designed to replace pager systems with the latest digital technology to save time for staff and improve the quality of patient care. The AIDA platform collects data and displays it on a dashboard and can also be integrated with other IT systems and generates reports to provide evidence that the home is complying with the Care Quality Commission standards. “Care staff are already overworked and we


can’t continue to put them under pressure,” said Arquella chief executive Paul Howell. “Instead, we need to provide tools that


release them from the administrative burden to deliver great care. That focus is at the heart of our innovation pathway,” he added. Arquella was founded in 2017 and employs


five people supplying nurse call systems to care homes and providing engineering support.


Orchard appoints key staff to lead


care quality and marketing Orchard Care Homes has completed its line- up of senior staff by hiring Cheryl Baird as director of quality and Neil Ward as group marketing manager. Baird will oversee Orchard’s compliance,


governance and quality and is also executive lead for nursing and dementia. Orchard’s new director joins from Four Seasons Health Care where she was responsible for quality and improvement of care homes. In total, Baird has worked in the health and


social care sector for over 26 years. “I am committed to developing new initiatives that will promote health and


wellbeing for residents and the supporting frameworks for staff to have the knowledge and tools to deliver outstanding care,” she said. Ward meanwhile will head up the marketing


team to promote Orchard’s achievements to local authorities, residents and families as group marketing manager, a newly created role. Ward joins Orchard from Anchor Hanover


and has over 18 years’ marketing experience. “It is a really exciting time to be joining


Orchard. There are some fantastic projects in the pipeline that will make a real difference to our integrated marketing efforts and I look forward to driving those forward,” he said.


Gold Care snaps up Westminster duo from Sanctuary


Gold Care Homes has acquired two residential properties in the London borough of Westminster formerly run by Sanctuary Care. Carlton Dene, in Maida Vale, and


Westmead, in Notting Hill, will operate under the Gold Care banner. “We were approached by Westminster


County Council directly, and we are honoured to be considered to take on these two additions into the Gold Care family,” said chief executive Ravi Gidar. “Our teams have been working hard to


ensure that we will improve the quality of care provided in these homes to enhance the residents experience – bringing them joy, happiness and fulfilment,” he added. The acquisition of the two homes in


Westminster will offer 42 beds each, on top of the current 1214 beds provided by Gold Care Homes. Both homes are rated as ‘Good’ by the


Care Quality Commission. The acquisition of Carlton Dene and


Westmead brings the Gold Care Homes’ property portfolio to 23.


10 www.thecarehomeenvironment.com • May 2020


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