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Domiciliary care job numbers overtake residential for first time

Skills for Care social care workforce 2020 data overview

In Skills for Care‘s latest report into the size and structure of the adult social care workforce, the number of jobs in domiciliary care surpassed those in residential care for the first time. The latest analysis, which covers March 2019 to February 2020, includes the number of care organisations in England, an overview of the… Read more »

A welcome move towards digitisation from the CQC

Preparing for a CQC inspection

By David Lynes, Managing Director of Unique IQ Following emergency procedures introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the CQC has been setting-out its approach to regulation and inspection going forward. And it is a welcome move towards digitisation. From September, the CQC has announced it will be piloting virtual inspections with willing domiciliary care… Read more »

Congratulations to 2020’s Top 20 Home Care Provider award winners!

Trophy and gold stars

In early July the homecare sector saw the announcement of the 2020 ‘Top 20 Home Care Provider Awards’ winners on In its 6th annual celebration, these awards recognise the fantastic work of home care providers throughout the UK. With the recognition based on the review scores given by service users and families, to be… Read more »

Technology in home care – useful resources

Technology in home care resources

Considering new technology for your home care organisation? Unique IQ has compiled a list of useful resources to help you decide which type of technology is right for your care provision. These websites can help to understand the jargon, review the software on the market, assist with choosing the right product and bring the latest… Read more »

Time and attendance monitoring? Make it real-time

Cleaning workforce - real-time monitoring using smartphone app

As any manager of a cleaning workforce knows, monitoring time and attendance is an essential part of delivering a top quality service to clients. That seed of doubt in a client’s mind as to whether their hired contractor turned up on time and really did what they said they did can be a contract killer…. Read more »

The future of home care technology

Connected technology

By David Lynes, Managing Director of Unique IQ It has been well-documented that the unprecedented circumstances we have found ourselves in as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have led to an acceleration in the use of technology. From the widespread adoption of Zoom for business meetings and social hangouts alike, to rapid deployment of… Read more »

Unique IQ to celebrate with Chamber online

Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce awards 2020

The Unique IQ team is looking forward to celebrating alongside Greater Birmingham’s business community next month at the region’s biggest online awards extravaganza. The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce awards will be taking place in a new online format on 23rd July – with Unique IQ finalists in the Excellence in Technology & Innovation category. Sponsored by… Read more »

Resources for home care agencies

care manager using a smartphone

Unique IQ has compiled this list of resources that we think home care agencies might find useful, whether you’re just starting out or have been in the sector for years. We’re adding to this list all the time, but if you have any suggestions, please let us know! Information & advice With the continually changing sector,… Read more »

Making software an easy choice

home care managers

Introducing new technology into your business can be a daunting task. Of course you want to make sure your shiny new piece of tech has the all the right functionality, that goes without saying. But you also want to make sure that there is an easy transition to the new system, and that you have… Read more »