Nourish Care acquires CarePlanner, expanding community care management and support

Digital social care records system Nourish Care has acquired CarePlanner, with the move reflecting Nourish Care’s aims to “adopt a more holistic approach by widening its net and delivering care management and support in the community”.

CarePlanner is said to be used by more than 2,000 domiciliary care agencies, whilst Nourish services more than 3,500 residential care providers with its care management software. Moving forward, Nourish will offer its clients the option to use a combination of products to suit their needs.

Nourish’s CEO, Nuno Almeida, comments that with many people wanting to stay at home for as long as they can, there is a need for them to be “supported by a digital provider that can bring everyone in the circle of care together.

“People who are being discharged into the community from hospital need to be supported on a platform that is used by both care workers and hospital care teams. When it is done well, social care helps to weave a web of relationships in local communities that add meaning, connection and purpose to our lives. A powerful digital tool keeps everyone informed and coordinated. It also gives the person being cared for a voice. CarePlanner is an ideal partner for us because it enables us to deliver the best possible person-centred care experience in the community.”

Chief product officer at Nourish, Jeremy Baldwin, adds: “CarePlanner has more than a decade of experience delivering software that covers all aspects of care worker management including availability, visit requests, rates, rosters, monitoring of visits, payroll, etc and will become the backbone of our range of functionality enabling us to deliver services through home care providers into the wider community.”

Elsewhere in community care, we covered NHSE’s publication of guidance on point of care testing in virtual wards and urgent community response, which will help “aid clinical decision-making, avoid unnecessary hospital admission and improve outcomes”.

Also on virtual wards, the Health Technology Assessment Innovation Laboratory programme at NICE has conducted an early value assessment to support and inform the expansion of virtual ward provision and other intermediate care areas.