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The shortage of care workers across the UK – Curam Care

The shortage of care workers across the UK is well documented. Whilst the role of the care worker is extremely valuable and rewarding, many are put off by low pay and poor working conditions, all exacerbated by the pandemic. Age UK describes the care sector as quite simply ‘broken’.  Click here to read more

Innovating our services: the role of tech

If we are to fully harness the opportunities presented by digital, we must understand the crucial role of technology in innovating our services. The government has recognised the need for change. Its vision for greater digitalisation is featured heavily in the People at the Heart of Care: adult social care reform White Paper.
Gary Steen, chief technology officer at Tunstall Healthcare, shares his insight into how technology can shape the future of our health, housing and social care services.

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Wellbeing and Workforce Health – a call to action (webinar recording)

How can we turn the pandemic into a catalyst for positive change, in order to transform the health and wellbeing of our health and care workforce?

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Energy Market Outlook August 2021 – ‘What are my cost options?’ – an insight from Marr Procurement, the Care, Charity and Social Housing procurement expert

UK wholesale electricity and gas prices have reached prices not seen since 2008 when oil prices famously reached >$145/barrel. Clients who haven’t secured contracts with good suppliers at competitive pricing already and need to sign a new contract before 1 October 2021 are now asking: “why are prices so high?”, “what is going to happen next?” and “what are my options?” This short article will help answer those queries for you.

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Social Value in UK Procurement in 2021 – an insight from Marr Procurement, the Care, Charity and Social Housing procurement expert

What is Social Value, and why does it matter to you? Buyers in the public sector must abide by The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which seeks to ensure public spending creates social welfare and improves community wellbeing.

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Introducing the Citation Podcast

Citation have launched a new podcast, which will bring you essential updates and know-how on all things HR, Employment Law and Health & Safety.

In their first episode, Citation’s host and Head of Employment Law, Gill McAteer, discusses the new phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, returning to the workplace and the HR considerations every employer needs to know now. Plus, she’ll be covering key talking points on vaccinations, COVID-testing and more!
Keep an eye out for more information and upcoming episode announcements. Click here to read more.

Tea With Tobi – Smooth Digital  (Series of Podcasts) 


Tea with Tobi is a show provided by Smooth Digital, the UK’s leading care home and home care digital marketing agency. Our aim is to help care businesses maximise their ability to provide the very best care to their communities. In order to achieve this we have growth focused conversations and provide solutions to the obstacles that prevent business growth.

Join Tobi and his care sector specialist friends for tea and expect to walk away with tangible and practical solutions, which you can implement into your business straight away!  Click here to find Season 4 episodes

Marr Procurement: Claim for late payment by Local Authorities

Local Authorities in England admit to paying more than 1.3 million supplier invoices with an overall value of £5bn, late each year. Data provided by 184 local authorities under the Freedom of Information Act suggests as many as 50% of these late payments are made to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Marr Procurement will retrieve retrospective late payment claims on your behalf and will only be paid as and when our client receives the rebated payment from the Local Authority. Successful claims have in some cases meant tens of thousands in compensation.  Click here to read more.

Recruitomate podcast: The Impact of COVID on Care Home Insurance

In Episode 3 of The Talking Care Podcast, we are joined by Mike Padgham, owner, and Managing Director of Saint Cecilia’s Care Group, who talks about the challenges he faced in renewing his insurance policy during the pandemic.

We are also joined by two leading care sector insurance experts; Philip Dearn, insurance broker to the social care sector at Marsh, and David Bramall, Underwriting Manager at Liberty Specialty Markets, a leading provider of insurance to the care sector.  Click here to read more.