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A new template for digital progress – learning from the NHS

Digital capabilities have been fast-tracked across the NHS. What can other organisations learn from this rapid transformation?

The rapid digital advances driven by the conditions of Covid-19 are setting the template for a more progressive future.

Some are calling it the coronaissance – a new era of change and innovation. One commentator suggested the world has jumped from 2020 to 2030 in just a few weeks.

The question for businesses is how best to harness new digital capabilities in their quest not only to survive but to gain advantages that foster growth.

In the challenges of the months ahead, applying technology in the right areas will enable organisations to make efficiencies, accelerate productivity, increase agility, encourage collaboration and increase resilience.

One organisation making progress in many of these areas is the UK's National Health Service. The NHS has shown a willingness to deliver digital change at a pace that would not have been thought possible just a few months previously.

Much of the credit goes to NHSX, a unit set up in 2019 to drive digital transformation programmes across the NHS. The CEO of NHSX, Matthew Gould said in a blog: “Suddenly, care is being delivered digitally. For NHSX and its partners, it has meant getting products and services up and running at a speed which would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago.”

Here we look at five areas of digital transformation in which the NHS is making rapid progress and we explore what broader lessons can be drawn from that.

1.      Making collaboration easier

Collaboration has become one of the key imperatives of 2020. Digital tools have been vital in enabling remote collaboration. In the NHS, video conferencing was quickly rolled out to connect not just clinicians but also supply chain specialists, IT technicians and senior management. The question for the NHS and other organisations is how to enable frictionless and effective collaboration in the long-term. Coordinating the actions of disparate teams is not a new challenge. It’s one that Checkit has been working on for a long time. Our solution, digital work management, is designed to empower teams to be consistently productive in even the most dynamic, fast-moving environments.

2.      Improving the flow of data

Data mastery will give the NHS a big advantage in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19. The focus has been on not only gathering data but improving the flow, aggregation and analysis of data to improve the pace and accuracy of decision-making. Dashboards presenting live, consistent information are being set up within key areas of the NHS to aid research, treatment and resource allocation. There is a concerted effort to establish a “single source of truth” – combining data from multiple sources to gain actionable, up-to-date insight. How many other organisations could benefit from this? The speed at which data is collected and configured is crucial. At Checkit we’re dedicated to providing organisations with real-time operational data that helps them adapt more quickly to unexpected threats, address potential issues and achieve efficiencies.

3.      Empowering frontline workers

Renewed recognition of frontline workers has been one of the more welcome outcomes of the coronavirus outbreak. NHS digital teams have put a strong focus on supporting frontline staff with technology that lifts some of their burden, including automating the sending of test results, using data to improve allocation of resources and ramping up the provision of online services to reduce incoming patient numbers. However, there’s more to do – and not just in healthcare. Key workers in public services, food manufacturing, logistics and delivery, care homes, schools, catering, cleaning and facilities management can all benefit from additional support. Digital work management tools that prompt and guide essential activity also reduce reliance on time-consuming paperwork and provide digital evidence of completion.

4.      Propelling innovation

True innovation rarely happens in isolation. The NHS has been engaging with existing and new technology partners to solve the most pressing problems posed by the pandemic. An important ingredient of innovation is a willingness to be bold and trial new approaches. “Suddenly, we’re testing these new ways of working and they work absolutely fine. So I think it’s going to be a really different NHS when we come out,” said Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital, in an interview with Computer Weekly. “Stuff that we would probably have prevaricated over for days, weeks or months, we have been forced to make a decision on pretty quickly, and that’s been really powerful and helpful.” How many other organisations can learn from that? Difficult conditions could create a stronger willingness to trial new approaches. At Checkit, we’re working with numerous organisations on the development of pilot schemes that prove effectiveness before wider roll-out.

5.      Building resilience

A priority on the agenda of many organisations will be to build resilience for the future, so they can better protect themselves against further shocks. The NHS plans to develop many of the initiatives outlined above into longer-term plans. “Having relevant data to hand will make our systems more resilient and better able to respond immediately to the next crisis – or even predict it before it happens,” said Matthew Gould. “Furthermore, sophisticated data analysis will allow us to make changes to the NHS, ensuring that our hardworking health and care professionals and the people that depend on them are served by a much more efficient and responsive organisation.” What is crucial is that real-time data is collated and analysed for insight that helps identify weak points, reducing the risk of future vulnerability.

Checkit specialises in real-time operations management, enabling organisations to digitise essential operational tasks, engage their workers in consistent patterns of behaviour and gather actionable data that drives continuous improvement. More information: www.checkit.net

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There’s little doubt that life and work will be different when we eventually emerge from the current crisis. Organisations in the private and public sectors are beginning to prepare for this ‘new normal’ by rethinking several aspects of how they operate.

In this blog, we’re looking at three of the key priorities.

1. Empowering frontline workers

If the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything already, it has highlighted our reliance on frontline workers – nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, delivery drivers, supermarket staff, care home workers, food manufacturing teams, local authority workers, utilities engineers and emergency services, to name a few. Many of these were listed as key workers in order to keep essential services operational. Without them, we simply couldn’t cope.

So important are these workers that with demand peaking and overall numbers reduced by illness and isolation, tens of thousands of temporary staff and volunteers have been recruited by the NHS, supermarkets, care homes, pharmacies and manufacturing businesses.

Yet these frontline workers are not well served by technology. Studies suggest that around 80% of the global workforce do not have a desk. They are remote, dispersed or mobile, rather than having a fixed workstation. The same research suggests they receive only a tiny fraction of overall technology spending.

A focus for the future will be empowering these teams with technology that helps them work more effectively – saving them time, guiding their work, improving communication, encouraging collaboration and introducing automation to ease burdens.

2. Coordinating complex processes

The Covid-19 crisis has opened our eyes to something that has often been overlooked. It has put a piercing spotlight on processes. These are the foundations of our daily work and, in many cases, they haven’t attracted the attention they deserve. Frankly, we’ve been too busy doing things to look at how we do those things, and whether there might be a better way.

The impacts of the pandemic have pulled processes from the background to the forefront – not only in terms of immediate measures to deal with the crisis but in terms of shaping how an organisation continues to operate (if at all) in this changed environment.

Processes are vital to the fulfilment of strategic imperatives, ranging from risk management to health and safety, business continuity and supply chain management.

In the current crisis, existing processes have had to be quickly adjusted and new ones developed. But how are these processes defined, distributed to workers, tracked and analysed? That will be an increasingly important question to answer.

Organisations need to know the right people are doing the right things, in the right places, at the right time. If they aren’t, managers need to know where and why, in order to take action.

The question of how quickly you can adapt has never been more urgent. If agility was once a contender for board-level attention, it’s now the odds-on favourite. Uncertainty is the new reality and only the most adaptable will thrive.

Deriving live, actionable data from daily processes also drives better decision-making, not only identifying and addressing weaknesses but foreseeing opportunities to develop new products or services to satisfy emerging needs.

By analysing and reshaping regular processes, organisations strengthen their ability to adapt to new demands and challenges.

3. Managing the flow of information

Information overload has been a characteristic of the Coronavirus pandemic – so much so that social media companies and government bodies have been collaborating intensively to deal with the threats posed by fake news. Getting the right information to the right people has become a vital imperative in order to empower professionals, control the spread of infection, protect the public and maintain some level of continuity.

Organisations in many sectors have stepped up their communications, both internally and externally, to keep employees, stakeholders, customers, supporters and patients informed. This is a particular challenge for large organisations with widely dispersed workforces. How do they ensure consistent information is distributed to mobile workforces when it’s needed?

The rapid roll-out of guidance has been crucial in coordinating efforts to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. But it works in the other direction too. How do staff members report back on their adherence, without unduly interrupting their most pressing priorities?

In the near future, this will be a key concern. Recent experience has highlighted the importance of real-time communication, collaboration and coordination. 

The intense challenges of the current crisis would have been hard to imagine, even just a few weeks ago. But for organisations to survive this ordeal, maintain some degree of continuity and lay the foundations for future resilience, large-scale change must be embraced as a necessity.

Checkit specialises in Connected Workflow Management, enabling organisations to digitise essential operational tasks, engage their workers in consistent patterns of behaviour and gather actionable data that drives continuous improvement.

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Role Overview

This role will design and deliver data science capability for our SaaS product, to enable our customers to improve their operations delivery, through process, metrics, data and technology. You will work across the Checkit Platform and with leading BI technologies to provide end to end data solutions which empower the end user with data. You will understand a range of database technologies and know how to manipulate data and generate insight and information from them. In addition, you will also use cloud based platforms such as AWS and Azure. We are looking for people with an analytical mind, solution orientation, and the confidence to communicate with a variety of people within the business and with our key Customers.

 

Key Responsibilities
  • Use a range of leading BI tools including Customer and 3rd party data sources to implement new product capability for our Customer base, to track business KPIs and identify key insight
  • Developing data pipelines, primarily in Python and AWS Lambda
  • Providing systems support for end users
  • Monitoring BI apps and data pipelines
  • Researching and improving existing apps
  • Translating business needs into technical specifications
  • Evaluating and improving existing BI systems
  • Conducting troubleshooting on BI models
  • Generating and delivering quality reports to customers and performing quality assurance checks on reports

 

Requirements
Essential
  • Extensive experience of developing with, and analysing data using Python
  • Demonstrable experience in building Data pipelines
  • Ability to think and work logically and systematically
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • A degree in a mathematically based subject is preferable

 

Desirable
  • Familiarity with AWS Redshift, PostGres, MongoDB, MySQL
  • Exposure and experience with different analysis tools such as Power BI and Tableau
  • Familiarity and experience with Machine Learning methods and techniques, including predictive analytics and data mining
  • Awareness and knowledge of data warehousing strategies and theories
  • An understanding of Dimensional modelling in integrated data sets or DWH
  • Experience with statistical analysis
  • Previous experience of working in an agile environment

 

Company Overview

Checkit’s real-time operations management SaaS platform makes organisations smart, safe and efficient. Our products use Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and cloud technologies to ensure our customers get the best out of their mobile teams, processes and buildings. Checkit users operate in many sectors including retail, hospitality, healthcare, real estate management and manufacturing. Checkit is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with its operations centre in Fleet, UK.

No terminology in this advert is intended to be deemed discriminatory. We are happy to accept applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.

 

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Checkit has donated technology to support the rapid set-up and safe operation of NHS Nightingale hospitals across the UK.

The company installed its Automated Monitoring + system at the first Nightingale hospital, at ExCeL London, directly contributing to the provision of urgent care to Covid-19 patients.

The system (formerly known as Tutela Medical Monitoring) has helped protect medicines and other critical assets from temperature variations, reduce the manual burden on staff and maintain the highest storage standards in accordance with CQC and HTA requirements. A team of Checkit engineers was mobilised in a matter of hours to design and install the system. 

John Pitcher, Chair of the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology, who has been coordinating storage facilities at the London site, paid tribute to Checkit’s accelerated support. “I thank the team for their incredible contribution in extremely difficult circumstances. The project was completed quickly and will provide vital reassurance as we manage the healthcare demands of the coming weeks and months,” he said.

Checkit discussed similar deployments with Nightingale Hospital North West, at the Manchester Central conference centre, and the Midlands Nightingale which was set up at Birmingham NEC.

The aim is to ensure critical medicines, reagents and samples are protected from potentially damaging temperature variations.

The company has also offered to donate its advanced monitoring technology to further Nightingale hospitals planned for Harrogate Convention Centre and the University of West England, in Bristol.

Keith Daley, Executive Chairman of Checkit, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the NHS, having installed technology at over 300 hospital sites in the UK. We didn’t think twice about offering our unconditional support to the field hospitals being established in record time to help the country cope with the scale of the Covid-19 crisis.”

“Digital tools are proving to be an invaluable resource in enabling the courageous and dedicated NHS workforce to rapidly meet the unprecedented demands being placed upon them. In this extraordinary period, we must all stand together. Collaboration is key.”

Phil Douglas, Operations Manager at Checkit, added: “Our engineering team acted without hesitation in providing UKAS calibrated sensors at short notice. They worked closely with the local NHS IT team to connect to the secure network and ensure all points were monitored in real time. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to provide direct assistance that will help the heroic medical teams who are caring for patients around the clock.”

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There has been a seismic change in the way we work, and the repercussions will echo long into the future.

The economic shock of the Covid-19 crisis has shaken established structures and norms. Organisations have been forced to rethink their approach from top to bottom – the way they organise their workforce; the way they prioritise workloads; the way they serve the public.

Some of these changes are emergency measures, others will form part of long-term reset: a transformation sparked by necessity and sustained by an ambition to do things differently.

Huge amounts of media discussion have been dedicated to digital transformation in recent years. The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated transformation. Digital solutions are being deployed at pace to bridge the gaps created by social distancing, adjust models of working and speed up response times in extraordinary circumstances.

In the UK, there has been an unprecedented surge in internet traffic, with Vodafone reporting a 30% increase in activity on its networks.

The NHS has adapted at pace by ramping up its digital provision. This has, for example, enabled record numbers of patients to engage with websites or speak to doctors via online consultations.

In a survey of the healthcare community, 87% of respondents expected the Covid-19 crisis to speed up the adoption of digital tools across the NHS.

Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital, has predicted that “it’s going to be a really different NHS when we come out”. In an interview with Computer Weekly, she said: “Stuff that we would probably have prevaricated over for days, weeks or months, we have been forced to make a decision on pretty quickly, and that’s been really powerful and helpful. We’ve reached a new plateau. That’s the key thing for me. We’ve reached a new plateau where there’s a new level of understanding of the extent to which these tools can be used, and where they can be deployed.”

Elsewhere, video conferencing apps received a record 62 million downloads between 14 and 21st March.

In different parts of the world, blockchain is being used to speed up healthcare claims, drones are being deployed to deliver supplies and AI is being harnessed to track the infection spread. 

Many of these initiatives will gain long-term traction, teaching us what’s possible.

At some point – and we all hope it’s sooner rather than later – organisations will emerge from the extreme conditions we’re experiencing now into some form of normality. But perhaps they will do so with a new perspective and a sense of urgency in adapting.

The economic reverberations of the Covid-19 crisis will cut so deep that organisations will very quickly need to restore their productivity. Innovative thinking will be vital.

Analysts at McKinsey, in a report entitled Beyond Coronavirus: The Path to the Next Normal, observed the following: “Opportunities to push the envelope of technology adoption will be accelerated by rapid learning about what it takes to drive productivity when labour is unavailable. The result: a stronger sense of what makes business more resilient to shocks, more productive, and better able to deliver to customers.”

Crucially, we have to hope that technology will be harnessed in the service of human connection – the need for which has been powerfully underlined in recent times.

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Community and retail pharmacies are under pressure, with the decline of the high street and competition from online providers. Pharmacy staff are needing to respond by adapting and evolving their service. How can new approaches to work and patient care help? Ultimately how do pharmacies ensure their place remains on our high streets and in our communities?  

Differentiating face-to-face pharmacy from online competition 

What differentiates the high street pharmacist from the online supplier is the provision of individual patient services and advice from qualified professionals, a value-add that the online pharmacist cannot match. Pharmacists are evolving to take on services traditionally catered for by GP’s, in a step to relieve pressures seen by doctor’s surgeries.  

Broadening healthcare services beyond dispensing medicines is a positive move. It elevates, through the provision of personal service, the high street pharmacist above the price battle being waged by online drug providers.  

Safe storage and dispensing of medication 

In addition, the high street pharmacist can verify and confirm the validity of their prescriptions. Whereas there is much debate around the regulation and safety of drugs dispensed online.  

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), for the first time, has begun publishing pharmacy inspection reports into the public domain. In effect giving every high street pharmacy a publicly available rating. A positive move, yet one which may be perceived by some pharmacists as an added pressure. Yet should be embraced as a differentiator, a badge of honour, showing the value of the face to face service provided by high street pharmacists. 

Managing medicines and devices, managing risk and keeping records 

According to the GPhC, in their report Learning From Inspections, standards most commonly not met often relate to managing medicines and devices, managing risks and keeping records. The GPhC goes on to state that pharmacies that were well organised and using efficient processes across a range of activities were found to perform better overall.  

Today, businesses usually rely on digital systems for the data they need. But when it comes to guiding the actual work people do, most still rely on pen and paper. Meaning process adherence and compliance is patchy, with the records unreliable.  

Using technology to track work processes can bring efficiencies. For example, your pharmacy team could enter checks and actions into digital checklists that are recorded in the Cloud. For the Chief Pharmacist this gives greater real-time visibility.  

For example, on a Monday morning following the weekend break, the Chief Pharmacist would have visibility of whether the weekend team or locum carried out checks and actions that needed to be done. In fact, if these had not been completed an alert would have been sent in in real-time. Using digital checks means the Chief Pharmacist can ensure compliance critical tasks are happening even when they are not in store.  

Managing pharmaceutical stock 

Digital checks can also be applied to the management of vaccines and medicines.  

On delivery pharmacy staff are to check the order for possible discrepancies or damage, and once accepted, ensure they are immediately stored correctly. Maintaining accurate records of stock is also important.  

Many of the manual processes could be checked and monitored through our Work Management application. Using a hand-held memo staff can use it as a prompt to review and provide evidence, through photos or barcodes, confirming that stock is in date, stored appropriately, with no damage to packaging, for example. With all checks being date and time stamped. 

Digital technologies can be used to ensure greater accuracy, efficiency and of course compliance in line with MHRA and GpHC. By capturing data electronically, it is possible to view and monitor in real-time storage and process protocols. This data can be captured from multiple locations, suitable for those managing a group of pharmacies. Meaning you can have sight of all control checks and temperature monitoring on one reporting dashboard. 

Monitoring temperature sensitive medicines 

With manual monitoring it’s not possible to determine how long the stock was exposed to the out of spec temperature. So, the only safe option is to bin the stock. Preventing loss of stock should be a high priority for pharmacy managers. It’s been estimated that £300m of stock is written off each year throughout the pharmacy healthcare provision.  

With an automated notification, you can take action to save the stock, in little to no time by: closing an open door, re-packing the fridge with proper circulation and space to allow the fridge to operate properly, or relocating. (or reconnecting to the mains supply after the cleaner has been) 

In conclusion 

Pharmacies are under increasing pressure to adapt. To provide greater convenience whilst also offering patient advice and guidance. All while meeting strict compliance guidelines. The Chief Pharmacist of multiple locations carries the responsibility of safe drug management and also, via their team, delivering good customer healthcare. 

Technology can provide practical solutions for the busy pharmacist. Automated temperature monitoring and record keeping can provide greater accuracy, whilst freeing up staff time. Through Work Management you can guide and prompt teams to complete control checks. 

Checkit offers a strong portfolio of products to support pharmacists with the correct storage of medicines and vaccines. Solutions include Automated Monitoring and Connected Workflow Management, which digitises checklists for work processes. 

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One of the UK’s most celebrated technology leaders, Rachel Neaman, has joined Checkit as Non-Executive Director to support the company’s continuing growth.

Rachel’s extensive experience in the digital transformation of public and health services – having led initiatives with both the European Union and Department of Health – is a key factor in the appointment. Checkit is expanding the provision of Work Management and Automated Monitoring solutions to clinicians, scientists and support staff within hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Rachel said: “With healthcare equipment and treatments becoming ever-more sophisticated, an increasingly ageing population, and costs spiralling out of control, the health and social care system is at a turning point. Checkit’s products make use of the latest technologies to improve efficiency, quality, safety and patient outcomes in a way that is affordable, scalable and easy to implement. As digitally-enabled care becomes a priority for the NHS, Checkit’s products provide a low-cost, high-impact solution with tangible benefits.”

Rachel’s experience spans both the private and public sectors, and she is the former CEO of two not-for-profit organisations.

Her current roles include running her own independent consultancy, Neaman Consulting Ltd, and Advisory Board positions for the Campaign for Social Science, DigitalHealth.London and Digital Leaders. In addition, she is Strategy Advisor for DigitalAgenda, a mentor for PUBLIC’s GovStart programme, and a leadership coach .

Listed regularly by Computer Weekly as one of the Most Influential Women in IT, Rachel is passionate about inclusion and empowerment through technology. She is a frequent keynote speaker at UK and international conferences and has appeared regularly before parliamentary Select Committees.

Rachel said: “I am pleased to join the Board of Checkit at such a pivotal moment for the company and look forward to helping it grow. Checkit’s technology adds enormous value to industries as diverse as healthcare, retail, food manufacturing and life sciences, and I am thrilled at the prospect of working with such a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation.”

Checkit reduces the burden of regular manual tasks by prompting, guiding and logging essential activity via configurable digital checklists, freeing up more time for patient care. This gives managers real-time data and greater insight and control over everyday processes across multiple teams and sites, leading to improvements in efficiency, compliance and productivity. The Checkit solution also incorporates Automated Monitoring from Tutela, which optimises the storage of critical inventory including medicines, blood and biological samples.

Keith Daley, Executive Chairman of Checkit, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a high calibre individual to the board and look forward to working with her to continue building our footprint in key sectors including healthcare.”

About Checkit

Checkit’s real-time operations management software makes organisations smart, safe and efficient. Our products use Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and cloud technologies to ensure our customers get the best out of their mobile teams, processes and buildings.

Checkit users operate in many sectors including retail, hospitality, healthcare, real estate management and manufacturing. Checkit is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with its operations centre in Fleet, UK, and a sales and service office in California, USA. Leading brands in the UK and beyond trust Checkit’s products to help them achieve operational excellence. Checkit users include BP, John Lewis Partnership, Waitrose, Sodexo, Center Parcs, Compass Group and the NHS.

For more information, please call us on 01223 941 450 or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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The below content was written prior to May 2020 when Checkit launched a new website. This coincided with the use of updated terminology for solutions, concepts and company names. The companies Tutela, Axon and Next Control Systems are now Checkit. Checkit’s Real-time Operations Management is now referred to as Connected Workflow Management, Tutela solutions are now referred to as Automated Monitoring +, and Axon/Next Control Systems solutions are now referred to as Connected Building Management.

Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future.

These words, from John F Kennedy, seem fitting for Checkit as we approach the end of an important year, and look forward to 2020.

Our goal is to be a global leader in process optimisation. We are empowering our customers with an unrivalled combination of technology tools, data intelligence and consultancy services that co-ordinate people, devices and equipment for business improvement.

This summer, we took a giant step towards that goal with the acquisition of Next Control Systems. Into the Checkit group came the healthcare and life sciences temperature monitoring specialism of the Tutela brand, and the building energy management specialism of the Next and Axon brands.

The combined industry expertise, unique technology and trusted reputation of the component brands have created something special at Checkit.

Our solution portfolio now spans work management, environmental monitoring, compliance and building and energy management. These natural synergies add up to a compelling proposition for organisations that are struggling to gather, unify and analyse various operational data from numerous sources.

Whether you are trying to understand energy consumption patterns, monitor the storage conditions of food and medicines or encourage employees to follow better procedures, it’s vital that you can see what’s happening in real-time, across multiple sites.

The digitally empowered businesses of the future will rely on these advantages to maintain their competitive edge.

According to research firm IDC, the total amount of digital data created worldwide is expected to more than quadruple from 40 zettabytes this year to 175 zettabytes by 2025. To give some context, a zettabyte is equal to 1 billion terrabytes, which in turn is equivalent to 1 billion gigabytes. The growing data deluge will increasingly include a broad range of data types, a lot of which will be live and in motion.

There’s a growing realisation of the importance of this in many business sectors, including healthcare, services, the built environment, retail and leisure. This is evident in the number of customers that have turned to Checkit over the past 12 months, including multinational brands, NHS hospital trusts, contract catering companies and high-street retailers.

We look forward to expanding our work with these organisations in the new year, and introducing our capabilities to many more businesses too.

Another reason we’re so excited for the new year is that we’re continuing to evolve our technology in line with changing customer needs. Understanding the specific challenges and requirements of our customers is pivotal to everything we do at Checkit.

Our plans include new dashboards enriched with even more powerful business intelligence, document management, usability upgrades, new mobile apps, new sensors for automated monitoring, customised reporting and the addition of improved image capture capabilities to supplement routine checks.

Please continue to watch this space for further announcements over the coming months.

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Salary: Competitive with benefits
Start date: December 2019
Reporting to: CTO

An exciting vacancy has become available at Checkit, a leading provider of real-time operations management solutions. We are expanding our software development team and seeking an ambitious and experienced senior web / cloud engineer. The breadth of technologies involved in this role makes this a hugely challenging and rewarding position.

We look for great talent that thrives working on challenging projects. You’ll be working with high calibre teams in a collaborative, friendly and supportive team environment. We are an advanced user of AWS services. You’ll be working on platform capabilities and product features using the best mix of cloud services and new development.

You’ll be exposed to a wide variety of technologies and features and have the opportunity to make a significant impact. You can learn multiple technologies including IoT devices (linux based and android based), cloud environments, web ui (both angular and react) and multiple databases (dynamo, mongo and postgres). You will also collaborate with teams working on our Android and iOS Apps, and data pipelines.

You’ll be based in Cambridge and there may also be the possibility of occasional UK travel.

 

About Checkit

The Checkit solution provides organisations with real-time operations management – making processes smart, safe and efficient, using a pioneering combination of IoT, Cloud, Apps and Data Analytics. Our industry approved work management and automated monitoring solutions replace traditional paper based systems by utilising cloud technologies, low power wireless networks, smart handsets, Bluetooth and embedded Linux devices to carry out large numbers of routine tasks over multiple sites and locations.

We have 175 people, £12m revenues and we’re growing fast, with ambitious plans for new product development and global expansion. It’s an exciting product, with a startup atmosphere with excellent backing. Life at Checkit is fast moving – keeping pace with marketing requirements and new technologies as they become available.

 

Responsibilities​:
  • Designing and developing high quality, testable software in cloud applications.
  • Working with product management and UI designers to implement new features with a highly usable and consistent look-and-feel.
  • Contributing to the architecture of our applications.
  • Debugging applications to support our customer service team in the field.
  • Ensuring that software is delivered to a high standard and rigorously tested.

 

Personal skills, experience and knowledge:
  • Used to working in close cooperation with other engineering disciplines such as DevOps, marketing and product management.
  • Commercial awareness with customer facing experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills

 

Technical​ experience and skills (essential):
  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Computer Science or Engineering, or equivalent
  • Experience with front-end technologies such as HTML and CSS
  • Demonstrably proficient with Node.js and JavaScript.
  • Proficient with code versioning tools such as GIT.
  • Experience of developing and working with RESTful microservices.
  • RDBMS skills.
  • Experienced with implementing unit/integration/component/performance testing.
  • Agile software development using Scrum and/or Kanban.
  • Data visualisation and Analytics.

 

Technical​ experience and skills (desirable):
  • Single page applications frameworks such as AngularJS or React.
  • No-SQL databases e.g. MongoDB.
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.
  • Scripting in Bash or Python.
  • Use of a project management tool such as Jira.
  • Web protocols such as MQTT or HTTP(S).
  • Cloud-based development through AWS or equivalent.
  • Infrastructure-as-code using Terraform or Serverless.

 

Required qualifications and skills:
  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Computer Science or Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Good English verbal and written communication skills.

 

What we offer
  • Competitive salary plus benefits package
  • Planned career and progression path
  • 25 days holiday + B/H
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Generous Quick Recognition Awards Scheme
  • Recommend a Friend recruitment scheme
  • Fortnightly Friday afternoon R&D / learning time
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Social Activities
  • Secure bike storage
  • Campus environment
  • University coffee shop opposite us
  • University gym close by
  • Nearby park and ride

 

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Technology provides a great opportunity for improving how the NHS delivers its services. And this has been recognised in the NHS Long Term Plan, published in 2019, with a whole chapter of the plan dedicated to digitally-enabled care.  

Technology can provide a new and modern way for providing faster, safer and more convenient care. Digitally-enabled care can empower healthcare staff to act and communicate better. By providing greater connectivity, providing staff with greater confidence in test results, history and the evidence they need to make the best decisions for patients. 

The digital transformation of the NHS is being driven by NHSX, and is set to be the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world. The NHSX have five missions, which are focused on how to make things better for patients and staff.  

How Checkit supports the NHSX digital transformation programme 

Here at Checkit, we are proud that our temperature monitoring can support the fundamental goals set by the NHSX. Below we have detailed how our technology aligns to the NHSX five missions, demonstrating how our automated alarm monitoring can support staff in providing quality assured care for patients: 

Reducing the burden on clinicians and staff, so they can focus on patients 

Our Connected Automated Monitoring replaces paper and manual processes with quick, secure, connected systems. Freeing up time to spend on patient critical tasks. Through automated monitoring and 24/7/365 alarming, health care staff can be assured of maintaining compliance for the safe storage of medicines, bloods and patient samples. 

Giving people the tools to access information and services directly 

Data gathered by our systems can be accessed securely via any device that has internet connectivity. Our interface utilises ‘https’ electronic banking standard data encryption protocols. This provides the highest level of security to our customers. The user interface is also easy to configure and easy to use. Multiple sites in acute, primary and community care can be monitored. This produces data for all, allowing for improved efficiency and transference of best practice.

Ensuring clinical information can be safely accessed, wherever it is needed

Building public trust and confidence in how health and care services look after confidential information and use it to benefit health and care is of paramount importance. Our system is ISO27001 data security compliant. Data on the correct condition and storage of medicines is essential to support people in making the correct health and care choicesNot only does the Checkit data platform give advanced warning of any potential threats to the compliance of the inventory, it provides unparalleled insight into the whole monitored environment. 

Improving patient safety across the NHS 

Providing patient lead care is paramount and when it comes to the safe storage of medicines, bloods and samples an automated monitoring system can provide real value. With manual systems it’s not possible to determine how long the stock was exposed to the out of spec temperature. So, the only safe option is to bin the stock. Yet with our automated monitoring, supported by 24/7/365 alarmed notification, valuable stock is protected. Making sure patients and the NHS get the best value from investment in medicines and pharmacy, whilst making prescribing and dispensing safer. 

Improving NHS productivity with digital technology 

Checkit has built a reliable IT service with solid infrastructure over the last 25 year that health and care professionals rely on every day. Our Automated Monitoring + solution complies with and is approved for the NHS network protocol for security N3 / HSCN. With Checkit as a preferred NHS Supply Chain partner we offer value in terms of protecting stock and value in terms of admin time saved, so contributing to greater productivity.  

In conclusion, Checkit's Connected Automated Monitoring provides the data services that are essential for building medicine and biology asset protection - protection which is more efficient, better connected and smarter than manual inspection. Our temperature monitoring systems and associated data support the NHS in delivering digitally-enabled care,. 

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