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Outt.com named as TechRound100 Finalist

Outt.com named as TechRound100 Finalist

LONDON, United Kingdom – November 25, 2021 – We are delighted to announce that Outt has been named in the TechRound100 – an annual competition that celebrates the most successful and innovative startups in the UK and is hosted by leading startup news site TechRound.

This year’s TechRound100 competition saw more than 3,000 applications reviewed by a panel of expert judges which included investor Roei Samuel (Connectd), startup figures (Apprentice winner Mark Wright and TedX speaker Perrine Farque), other startup peers and former winners (Sammy Rubin of YuLife, Jonathan Lister Parsons of PensionBee, Michel Andre of Banking Circle) and Dana Leigh (TechRound editor).

This year’s top spot went to digital insurance company Urban Jungle, followed by finance app Cleo (position 2) and talent and payroll platform Deel (position 3). Other finalists ranged from industries including sustainability, farmtech, foodtech, edtech, wellness, blockchain and more.

Previous winners of the TechRound100 include the likes of Zoom, Revolut, Pleo, Too Good To Go, Coconut, Vinehealth and allplants. The competition has often highlighted future unicorns well before their time,  with the likes of TikTok, Cinch, Cazoo and Gousto featuring in the list more than 3 years ago.

Outt.com founder and CEO, Steve O’Brien said “This is a real accolade for the team and we are proud to be acknowledged by independent judges amongst such strong UK competition for our social care tech.”

Feedback From The Judges

“The TechRound 100 is the flagship event of the year, highlighting the hard work and success of UK startups, businesses and entrepreneurs. With more than 3,000 applications this year, we hope that our top 100 list acts as testament to the UK startup scene and also provides inspiration for the next generation of startups and entrepreneurs.”

“There were a significant number of applications with a sustainability focus, from measuring and reducing carbon footprints, to recycling, electric charging and saving on waste and plastic. The number of sustainable startups really stood out this year.”

“We were also impressed by the number of MedTech businesses that are helping with everyday health, from helping to book appointments, freeing up time for Doctor’s or making diagnostic testing more available. These startups are so crucial to saving potential lives, whilst freeing up the NHS and allocating resources more efficiently in the healthcare sector. We pay homage to these startups who are not just revenue-focused, but a reminder that startups can make a real difference to society and our quality of life.”

“We would like to say a big thank you to our judges and our sponsor fayre, the NFT club. We look forward to seeing more thrilling startups in our competitions next year, including the Fintech50, Sustainability50 and Insurtech51 amongst many others!”

App to Help Social Care Staff work Flexibly

App to Help Social Care Staff work Flexibly

Health Tech World Published November 19th, 2021

Social care jobs marketplace Outt.com is developing an app to make it easier for UK social care staff to work where and when they want. CEO at Outt.com, Steve O’Brien, said the app will allow workers to choose their shifts, their rate of pay and when they get paid.

Care workers will also be able to speak with advisers 24/7 who will help them get better pay, more flexibility and improved their rights.O’Brien, said: “The social care sector is in the middle of a staffing crisis, over the past 18 months our team has been developing new technology to provide a real solution.“As a technology powered, people-based business, we thought it appropriate to crowdfund our launch into the market, offering the very people we aim to help an opportunity and a chance to shape the business. “This is a real chance to own shares in the business they work in and have a say in it’s future.

“We know how conventional care agencies work. We know how difficult it is because we’ve been there, and we know how many incredible social care professionals work crazy hours for low pay. This new online agency has been designed to support these workers who are the heart and soul of the care industry.

“Working with Outt.com will allow workers to choose the shifts they want to work at an agreed rate of pay and they can even choose when they get paid. Our ethos is about getting care professionals the pay and rights they deserve.

“The team at Outt.com continue to campaign on the behalf of care workers on the sleep-in pay debate, earning above minimum wage hourly rate, tax breaks for key workers and the flexibility to support a healthy work/life balance.

“At Outt.com we provide as much of this as possible, but want to ensure every care worker has access to improved rights and working conditions.”

In order to launch the app OUTT.com is asking investors to support the initiative via CrowdCube. The CrowdCube platform is regulated by the FCA and supports beginners and experienced investors to buy shares from as little as £10 to support Outt.com launch the app into the care industry.

A Social Solution To The Social Care Staffing Crisis Calls For Public Support

A Social Solution To The Social Care Staffing Crisis Calls For Public Support

Business Mondays Published November 9th, 2021

Outt.com, a social care jobs marketplace is raising funds using CrowdCube to launch an industry changing way for care professionals to work in the UK.

The Outt.com app will blend technology with real people at the end of the phone 24/7 with a mission to help care professionals get better pay, more flexibility and improved working rights.

CEO at Outt.com, Steve O’Brien, said, “The social care sector is in the middle of a staffing crisis, over the past 18 months our team has been developing new technology to provide a real solution. As a technology powered, people based business, we thought it appropriate to crowdfund our launch into the market, offering the very people we aim to help an opportunity and a chance to shape the business. This is a real chance to own shares in the business they work in and have a say in its future.

“We know how conventional care agencies work. We know how difficult it is because we’ve been there – and we know how many incredible social care professionals work crazy hours for low pay. This new online agency has been designed to support these workers who are the heart and soul of the care industry.

“Working with Outt.com will allow care professionals to choose the shifts they want to work at an agreed rate of pay and they can even choose when they get paid. Our ethos is about getting care professionals the pay and rights they deserve. The team at Outt.com continue to campaign on the behalf of care workers on the sleep-in pay debate, earning above minimum wage hourly rate, tax breaks for key workers and the flexibility to support a healthy work/life balance. At Outt.com we provide as much of this as possible, but want to ensure every care worker has access to improved rights and working conditions.”

In order to launch the app Outt.com is asking investors to support the initiative via CrowdCube. The CrowdCube platform is regulated by the FCA and supports beginners and experienced investors to buy shares from as little as £10 to support Outt.com launch the app into the care industry.

Time Management Tips for Social Care Staff

Time Management Tips for Social Care Staff

Time seems to be the one commodity social care staff can never have enough of!

You can’t buy it; there is always a finite amount and yet a seemingly never-ending list of jobs that make it impossible ever to catch up.

If that sounds familiar, don’t despair! Time management is a phrase that gets slung about a lot without really meaning anything tangible.

Let’s work through some practical, actionable tips to help you get your agenda back under control – as recommended by the OUTT.com social care recruitment team, who know a thing or two about coping with a crazy schedule!

By thinking about organisation (and accepting that some things won’t ever get to the top of the to-do list!), you can regain your cool and focus on what matters.

The Challenge of Staying on Track in a Care Setting

The first thing we need to do is to be realistic. It’s tough to be organised as a social care worker.

Shifts can be long and overnight, so you don’t get the usual time during the week to sort out your everyday life admin.

When you’re at work, you might have a million individual tasks to do or have very little structure since the care required all depends on the needs of your patients or residents.

Then there are those fixed times in the schedule, such as:

  • Handovers between shifts.
  • Record keeping and paperwork.
  • Dispensing medications.
  • Mealtimes.
  • Ward rounds.

It’s essential to recognise that if you’re feeling a bit frazzled, you’re not alone. No individual can keep track of all of those jobs in their head.

Writing it down or keeping notes in your calendar on your phone is a great start.

Try setting the alarm to buzz ten minutes before each specific job in the shift, and you’ll be prepared and mentally alert – rather than rushing around like a maniac realising you’re five minutes late to a staff meeting and can’t find your report!

Another trick is to use a checklist – you can get an app for your phone if you’re not keen on wandering around with another clipboard to add to your repertoire.

Having a definitive list of tasks to do means staying focused and maintaining direction, working through the jobs methodically and without a whiff of panic.

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Prioritising Tips for Care Workers

Next, we’ll think about priorities. There are thousands of things that might change in any one shift, and so it can be challenging to set a concrete list of what you’re planning to do on any given day.

But, what you can do is assign a ranking to your tasks, so you never leave off the major stuff in favour of something less crucial.

Now, you’ve probably guessed that we love a list and add a highlighter to the project, and you’re onto a good thing! But, joking aside, colour coding is an excellent way to gain control over a busy schedule.

It’s not just about having a structure to follow but is also a visual work system that your brain can understand instantly, without needing to work through notes or figure out any rushed scrawl that no longer reads in English.

Try this:

  • Highlighting in green everything that is of top priority. Things that you cannot miss must be done every shift and that you can’t delay.
  • Choosing orange for important jobs that don’t have a specific time limit. Of course, you don’t want to forget these tasks, but you don’t need to put them first if any pressing situations arise.
  • Marking urgent jobs that need to be done quickly but aren’t particularly vital in blue. You might get these out of the way after your green jobs or delegate to another team member or junior.
  • Saving yellow for the less critical jobs. For example, say you’ve meant for months to sort out the supply cupboard – nothing terrible is going to happen if you never get around to it, but you would find it satisfying to get everything neat and tidy.

Traffic light systems are perfect for busy care workers because they require zero time for a stressed mind to comprehend – freeing up your headspace for more important things!

Mapping Out Time Allocations

There is a way to try and pinpoint where your time keeps disappearing – and it sounds a little fuzzy, but bear with us!

Time mapping means you have a grid of the day and separate each hour into a box.

You then use that planner to decide what tasks you are going to accomplish in the day. You can assign each job a time slot with an appropriate colour, so you know whether it takes precedence even if you’ve underestimated the time needed or stops at the cut-off.

Mapping out your day in this way is also perfect for:

  • Working out whether you can do it all. If you’re endlessly on the back foot, there’s a chance you’re taking on too much. If you have a ten-hour shift, and all of your jobs require 12 hours, it’s time for a rethink with your manager.
  • Seeing where time is lost. We all faff a little, and being disorganised can take up even more time when we search for things we’ve misplaced or try and decide how to keep up. Writing down your day can quickly show you the missing pieces or help you identify that you need to cut down on something.
  • Separating work and personal time. We’ve looked here at tips for the workday, but it’s equally crucial you rest. An over-tired mind won’t have the strength to navigate a hectic day, so you need to have a non-negotiable cut-off, at which point you reserve your energy for home life and relaxation.

Creating a visual image of your day is a simple job, but means it’s easy to see where you spend most time, which tasks you’re trying to cram into an impossibly short time, and where perhaps you have leeway to let go of less essential work that somebody else may have more time to accommodate.

Time management in itself can sound like a tedious task you don’t have time for – but trust us; it’s a valuable investment that will help your busiest days run like clockwork!

The Cheapest Ways for Carers to Get Around London

The Cheapest Ways for Carers to Get Around London

Carers are almost always busy! For those of us in the big smoke, travel can be a pretty big challenge, needing to:

  • Flit between placements or shifts.
  • Travel to different care facilities or resident’s homes.
  • Beat the rush hour to relax on the journey home.
  • Travel across the city to get to your subsequent home care placement.

The best way to make sure travelling around London is affordable, quick, and stress-free is to do your research. Only kidding – we’ve done it for you!

OUTT.com provides outstanding social care workers with placements all over greater London and across many support roles and positions.

We recognise that travelling in the city can be a nightmare, so we have compared all available options to recommend the most affordable alternatives.

The Benefit of Oyster Cards for London Carers

First up, we’d suggest getting an Oyster card. They are cheaper than buying any day tickets for public transport and lower cost than using a debit or credit card for contactless payments.

Oyster cards work on the tube, overground and mainline rail, so they are well worth having if your plans change and you need to get somewhere quickly.

Our tip is to register your card online. Once you’ve done so, you can:

  • Then, top it up on your mobile.
  • Apply discounts to your rail fare.
  • Claim back the balance if you lose the card.

You can use a regular card, and all the entry and exit gates throughout the tube have contactless barriers. However, while the everyday prices are pretty similar, you’ll need an Oyster card to buy longer-term travel cards.

The great thing about using this option if you’re a social care worker travelling around the city is that you get a fare cap – so no matter how many journeys or tubes you need to take, you won’t keep accumulating costs!

Caps are:

  • Calculated from 4.30 am to 4.29 the next night (ideal for night shift workers!).
  • Limited to £7.20 a day maximum for fares throughout zones one and two.

You can buy season tickets, get emails about any route closures, and also track your journeys. This service is excellent if you need to claim for travel expenses, as you can see which trips you took, from and to where, and on which date!

Using the London Underground to Travel Between Care Placements

Oyster cards work throughout the TfL transport system, but let’s take a closer look at the tube. The first thing you’ll need to know is which tube station is nearest to your destination and what zone it is in.

It might be cheaper to get a bus (more on that shortly!), but if all of your placements are in the same zone, your tube fares might be a lot lower.

You can check the zone map on the TfL website, and it’s also a great way to work out which station is closest or if there is a tube stop near enough to make it a viable option!

There are caps for daily travel, off-peak travel and weekly limits – for example, zones 1-6 are limited to £13.50 per day. You can check the exact rates online.

Tubes tend to be scheduled for every three minutes, although registering an Oyster card is invaluable if there are line closures and you need to plot an alternative route.

Most stations are open from 5 am until 1 am the following morning – and it’s wise to check with TfL if you do leave in the early hours as some stations will be open for a Night Tube service, but they aren’t universal.

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Travelling by Bus as a Social Carer in London

Next, we’ll look at the bus networks. Buses might seem a little slower than the tube, but they can be a lifesaver if you’re travelling somewhere without a nearby tube station.

The big challenge with using the buses is the traffic (enough said).

However, there are plenty of bus routes, so it’s generally a much faster way to travel than by car, and cheaper than taking a taxi.

Always check the bus routes and the correct number before hopping on a London bus. You can pay with your Oyster, and there are lots of different fares:

  • Pay as you go tickets cost £1.55 per journey.
  • The daily cap is £4.65, and the maximum charge £21.90 per week.

If you receive some benefits in addition to your wages, you can apply for a discounted Oyster photo card. This card gives you 50% discounts on the pay as you go fares and lower caps on all other bus travel.

Using Boris Bikes to Get Between Care Jobs

Another option, mostly reserved for the summer, is to think about using one of Boris bikes.

The distinctive Santander Cycle Docks are available throughout zone one and provide FREE cycle hire for up to 30 minutes.

If there is a dock near you and one near your workplace, and the journey won’t take over half an hour, you can therefore travel for free there and back!

Some smart cyclists switch bikes between docks, making sure they aren’t travelling for more than 29 minutes and can make longer journeys without paying a penny.

Otherwise, the costs are £2 per day and £2 for each half-hour after that. Of course, you must check that the bike has docked properly, so you don’t keep racking up charges.

London offers multiple cycle routes, and you can check where it is safe to cycle through CityMapper or Google Maps.

Walking to Work as a London Carer

Finally, we’d recommend not discounting walking before checking out the route!

We’re so used to jumping on the tube, it can sometimes be a lot quicker to walk it – and completely free of charge.

There are maps on most of the central streets, with Legible London maps erected by TfL.

These tell you which direction you’re facing, which is an excellent advantage if you’re using Google Maps to travel somewhere new and rely on your smartphone compass.

In summary, we’d recommend the following as the cheapest ways to travel around London.

  • Checking the distance to see if it’s walkable.
  • Seeing if there are bike docks close to your journey.
  • Taking a bus if a stop is nearby and you’re travelling outside of rush hour.
  • Registering an Oyster card for tube or train journeys.
  • Verifying whether you’re eligible for any discounts – or comparing the prices of season tickets, which are substantially cheaper than paying day rates.

We hope this guide to travelling around London as a carer is helpful!

To check out available social care shifts and placements near you, and assess the best way to travel between home and work, register at OUTT.com to get started.