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Bluebird takes shifts from ‘care home’ to ‘care at home’.

  With an increasing population of older people across the UK, 61% of individuals with low care needs now arrange for someone to come into their own home to help look after them (Health Business UK, 2017).   It’s because of this that Bluebird Care Newbury have launched their new recruitment campaign to employ more local people as the winter months set in.   With a network of over 200 offices, Bluebird Care continue to invest in excellent training opportunities and support available to every single one of their care teams across the UK. Over the last few years there has been a real shift in people choosing care at home rather than residential care, with statistics from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) showing domically care agency registrations leaping from 8,219 to 8,517 in just 16 months (CQC, 2016).   The number of registered domiciliary care agencies has increased by 47% since 2010, with a 12% reduction in the number of registered residential care homes (Adult Social Care, 2017). Between 2015-2016 in England alone, the number of home care providers increased by 3.3% (UKHCA, 2016).   Over the last year experts at Bluebird Care have developed and launched a new application called the Staff Guide App. This supports care assistants out in the community, giving them instant access to the information they need about the people they look after.   On top of this, Bluebird Care Newbury have implemented both the PASSsystem and openPASS. The PASSsystem allows care teams instant access to customer care plans, keeping office staff informed of any developments. OpenPASS, is an app providing verified customers & family members access to real-time care plans recorded in the PASSsystem.   These innovative developments are essential as they support care teams in their training, as well as enhancing their skills to continue delivering excellence in care. This helps Bluebird Care stand out from other employers in the care industry.   Commenting, John Prendergast, Director of Bluebird Care Newbury said:   “At Bluebird Care Newbury we support our customers in their own home, with their own surroundings to live the life they choose. I believe in offering every member of my team the best training and career progression opportunities, supporting them in delivering the very best home care.”   He added:   “With an obvious shift in people living longer and more individuals wanting to remain in their own home, it is important we are well equipped to continue to deliver the high-quality care that is expected. Developments like the Staff Guide App and the PASSsystem really support my care team in delivering excellence in care across the areas in which we serve.”   As part of the campaign, Bluebird Care Newbury will be promoting their range of job opportunities on social media, and at recruitment fairs and community events throughout the winter months.   For more information about joining the Bluebird Care Newbury team please visit their website: http://www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/newbury/home