At the heart of the partnership is the S.A.F.E. initiative (Symptom Assessment For Everyone) and the S.A.F.E. badge, which helps care providers to demonstrate that their infection, prevention and control procedures (IPC) go beyond current government guidelines.
Self-funding families can benefit from the knowledge, experience and extensive reach of both organisations, allowing them to make better informed choices when choosing care homes for their loved ones.
QCS has already created and deployed a visitor contact tracing tool to over 300 care homes, which Autumna has integrated into the S.A.F.E initiative. As part of the partnership agreement, QCS will accelerate the development of leading-edge technology applications, and best practice content, which are both central to the S.A.F.E. framework.
Philippa Stevens, QCS’s head of partnership and alliances, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Autumna. We share Autumna’s person-centred vision and tireless dedication to improving standards in the industry.
“At QCS, we believe that infection control policies and procedures should be outstanding in every care home. We hope that this unique partnership agreement makes that a reality for many more people.”
Debbie Harris, Autumna’s managing director, added: “We are really excited about this joint-venture. Giving self-funding families the assurance that infection control procedures are paramount in a home’s thinking is so important.
“Not only will this partnership provide them with much greater choice, it will shine a positive light on the outstanding compliance performance and world-class skillset of staff around infection control in thousands of care homes throughout the UK. That can only be a good thing for families and their elderly relatives.”
You can listen to Debbie Harris talk more about Autumna and how to improve infection control on Care Home Management magazine’s infection control special roundtable podcast.