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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.

Simon North – Finance Director Outt.com

Simon North – Finance Director Outt.com

Outt.com, the fast-growing marketplace for social care staff, is pleased to announce that Simon North has joined the team as Finance Director.

Simon is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds a BA (Hons) in Economics, with years of invaluable experience in the recruitment and payroll industry.
Simon North FD at Outt.com
Working across a wide range of recruitment and payroll companies, including health and social care focused organisations, Simon’s board level advisory and interpersonal skills make a perfect match to clarify the Outt.com disruptive business model in a health & social care recruitment market valued at over £9bn last year.
 
Simon North, Finance Director, said:
I am very pleased and excited to be working with Outt at this early stage in their journey and am particularly looking forward to working with Steve and the whole team in making an impact in our marketplace.”
 
Steve O’Brien, Founder & CEO, said:
Having previously worked with Simon and seen the calibre of his inputs in a previous senior role, I am delighted that he has been appointed as Financial Director and advisor to the board at Outt. As we continue to expand and attract further interest and investment, his focused financial and advisory background and extensive industry experience makes him perfect for this critical role, at an important time for the organisation.

About Outt

Outt.com is a revolution in temporary social care recruitment. Offering a care jobs marketplace that connects health & social care organisations direct with care professionals for temporary shifts and permanent vacancies across the UK.

 

i News Budget 2021 Feature

i News Budget 2021 Feature

OUTT.com was featured in the i news this week, with our thoughts on what we hope could be announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak in the 2021 budget. With IR35 implications also impacting social care in April 2021, this is a interesting year for funding conversations. 

Steve O’Brien, is the founder and chief executive of OUTT, a job portal that pairs social carers with care providers such as residential care homes, homelessness hostels and drug rehabilitation centres.

Mr O’Brien told i paper : “We have 600 care workers on our books and one of the biggest issues for them is pay. Increasing key worker pay in social care is something I hope the Chancellor will include in his Budget.

“I’d like to see Mr Sunak introduce key worker status for sections of employment, especially in social care, and allocate additional tax allowances to that status. In doing this, the pay rise would go directly to the key worker without the complication of funding social care. An increase in funding to social care – which is needed – will not necessarily equate to a pay rise.

“There are 120,000 social care vacancies in the UK and looking at unemployment figures, I’d like to see some encouragement for those recently out of work to retrain in social care roles – even if it’s a short-term stepping stone until the economy recovers. I’d like to see a provision for care apprenticeships. If we can get reassurance for funding and support for care, it could be a win-win.”
 
A further article was also posted as a reaction follow up to the budget, where disappointment was expressed that social care remained unacknowledged.

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COVID Safety Paperless – What are We Doing Differently?

COVID Safety Paperless – What are We Doing Differently?

The coronavirus pandemic has made fundamental changes to the way we do most things – and, of course, social care recruitment is at the heart of OUTT’s purpose.

Covid Safety Paperless

Our newest initiative looks to reduce all plastic items and paper timesheets – not only to improve our environmental footprint but also to affect a safer way of working, in line with enhanced responses to the COVID-19 virus.

As an innovative social care recruitment app, we are always prepared to challenge the status quo when we see a better, faster, easier and safer way of working. Reimagining the onerous paper trails that care managers are faced with is our latest focus.

How Paperless Processes Streamline Social Care Staff Management

We all know the traditional approaches to managing agency and contingency staff, which revolve around printed documents, physical signatures, and triplicate forms.

While assurance and oversight remain critical, we knew there had to be a better way to leverage our digital know-how to reduce paper waste.

Alongside this comes a consideration of COVID safety protocols.

Most of us are now familiar with wipe-down menus, or app-based solutions in the hospitality sector. We believe it is time for the social care industry to get on board with these anti-contamination procedures.

Here is the problem:

  • Paper timesheets are completed to record shifts.
  • The authorised manager signs these at the end of the shift.
  • Triplicate copies are produced, of each form.

It is essential to have a verification process in place and to ensure social care employers manage the hours claimed; however, the implications are profound.

COVID-19 virus particles can remain live on paper for up to 24-hours, and so transporting documents between sites, or having them handled by more than one person, is a distinct contamination risk.

  • Increased risk of virus transmission with multiple documents being handled by numerous people.
  • Locum workers visit multiple social care facilities in any one working week, increasing exposure.
  • The environmental impacts of producing several copies of each paper document create waste, potential data hazards, and additional resource costs.

Here is the solution:

Digital, automated timesheets and located-based QR codes, to eliminate the requirement for hard copy documents, and thus protect staff and patients in all employment locations.

Let’s explain in a little more detail!

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Digital Innovation for Agency Staff Managers

It stands to reason that, if we can coordinate networks of social care professionals, high-quality employers and multiple shift patterns into one app  – there is a way to incorporate timesheet management into those systems!

The OUTT team has developed a new protocol, allowing employers to retain the same control over timesheet approvals, and for staff to accurately record their hours worked, but without the waste or potential contamination factors.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Timesheets are available on the candidates’ mobile device, created automatically for completion after the shift.
  2. QR codes can be scanned online on arrival and departure from the placement.
  3. Managers on-site can approve the timesheet electronically.
  4. Employers receive a weekly notification to review and approve, claims submitted.

Simple!

The same digital processes carry applications across multiple paper trails and document chains used throughout the social care sector.

As the OUTT team rolls out our new approvals systems, we will be introducing further initiatives, all equally aimed at cutting down on waste production and creating a paperless system.

Our drive is to elevate COVID security best practise at a time when contamination risks may be business-critical to care homes and social care facilities, as well as to the safety of their patients.

The Security of a Paperless System

While some fundamental processes might require physical signatures and hard copy documents, timesheet approvals are not one of them.

In researching the sector-wide impact of potential cross-contamination risks from plastic items and paper-based records, we identified that existing systems create upwards of 30,000 triplicate timesheets – for every agency, every single year.

If those figures aren’t startling enough, when we dived deeper to see what risk factors we could remove, and how we could impact overall paper usage, we found that this applies across the board, with cost factors such as:

  • Printing hard copy paper documents.
  • Delivery packages and envelopes.
  • Postage costs for document distribution

OUTT believes that not only can digital systems create a safer social care society, but that we can further reduce employer costs by eliminating outdated techniques.

As we move forward, ID cards with printed plastic formats will also be superseded by a digital, contactless alternative.

Live ID cards, generated centrally with tamper-proof technology, will enable candidates to display their credentials via any mobile device, with the same information displayed in the employer’s OUTT control panel.

ID cards are another traditional element prevalent in the social care workforce – and we recognise the critical importance of staff screening and ID verification – but by making this process digital, we introduce a further development to increase COVID awareness.

Coronavirus particles can live for up to 72 hours on plastic. So, this is not just efficiency and convenience  – it might be a life-saving technique to afford the highest levels of protection to our most vulnerable patients.

Our Responsibility to Drive COVID Awareness

There is no sector, family or individual who hasn’t been impacted by the pandemic. As such, we need to work together to create solutions to make our environment as safe and protected as we can.

And, when it comes to environmental impacts, it is hard to find a negative.

In 2016/17, the NHS alone produced 29,062 tonnes of CO2 through paper transactions.

The estimate is that this could have been almost halved to 15,840 tonnes were recycled materials used – but OUTT is setting our sights on net zero.

In the media, we often hear adverse reports about the social care sector, relating to underfunding, mass skills shortages, or out-dated infrastructure.

Now is our chance to make a difference.

The personal touch will forever remain crucial to social care facilities, and make a significant difference in the quality of care and communication we offer to residents and patients.

However, by embracing technological innovation, and being open to the possibility of new systems and protocols, we can move social care recruitment into the 21st Century, adopting safety measures that set the tone for best practise in COVID-19 safety and patient safeguarding.

For more information about the latest OUTT developments, or managing timesheet approvals through your digital app, visit us online or get in touch!