Real-time bed vacancy service launched


Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Swindon Borough Council and Liverpool City Council have contracted with bettercaring.co.uk to implement a real-time care homes¹ bed vacancy service. Bettercaring¹s bed vacancy service -­ “Bedvacs” is expected to ease the pressure on social workers making placements and contribute to early hospital discharge. Bedvacs bed vacancy information is collected via the web where homes are on-line, and otherwise by fax and phone. New bed vacancies are immediately made accessible to care teams and all vacancy information is checked and updated on a weekly basis. The Royal Borough of Kingston, which successfully piloted the scheme over the last six months, has also now contracted for Bedvacs. Bettercaring says the trial proved that a proactive online system, centralising care home bed vacancy information, could dramatically reduce the time required by social workers to make placements and help identify more vacancies. Bettercaring chief executive Eric Stevenson said the company¹s website ­ www.bettercaring.co.uk ­





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