SuperCarers is an online platform for families to find quality carers for loved ones. Launched in 2015, SuperCarers has been praised for its innovation by high-profile care experts such as Paul Burstow, former Care Minister at the Department of Health. SuperCarers is an online platform for families to find quality carers for loved ones.
By smartly using technology to directly connect experienced and highly skilled ‘SuperCarers’ with families, the platform removes the need to use an agency while offering an affordable care option that doesn’t compromise on quality.
As the nature of SuperCarers work is so delicate, it’s essential that the service applies the most stringent background and security checks on all those using the platform for employment.
As part of their strict vetting process, SuperCarers uses Onfido’s automated background checking solution - enabling users to have peace of mind and SuperCarers to ensure its service maintains the highest professional standards.
Trust is paramount
“As you can imagine, trust is critical in our sector,” says Adam Pike, who co-founded SuperCarers with his brother Daniel, after watching their mother struggle with finding adequate care for their elderly grandmother.
“Families understandably want the very best quality care for the people dearest to them. They need to know they can have 100% confidence in the people we send into their homes.”
Offering a seven day service, even on national holidays, SuperCarers provides compassionate care for people suffering with illnesses and conditions ranging from Alzheimer's disease to cancer.
Carers wishing to apply to work via SuperCarers register online, a process that takes just 15 minutes. If they seem a good match, SuperCarers will run a series of rigorous background checks followed by a face-to-face interview.
SuperCarers use Onfido’s platform to run enhanced DBS checks (previously known as CRB checks), identity checks, right to work checks and document checks.
“We don’t compromise when it comes to screening applicants,” says Adam. “Onfido helps give us the authenticity we need to justify the trust people place in us.
“Onfido is a complete solution that’s both affordable and reliable. When launching SuperCarers and looking for a provider, we were impressed by the range and profile of Onfido’s customer portfolio. Seeing that organisations like the NHS trusted them helped convince us.”
Supporting a new way of caring
Only in its second year of operations, SuperCarers has already won much public acclaim for using technology to rethink how care can be provided in the community and for providing carers with a way to earn a living wage, something often not possible with traditional agency models.
Adam says: “By connecting the carer and family directly, it removes the cost of using an agency or third party. That means we offer lower costs for families and can pay the carer more, so it’s win-win.
“One of the reasons we can do that is the efficiency of our platform. Onfido removes the paperwork and manual adminthat used to be needed to run checks and slowed the hiring processes down.”
Caring for carers
As well as being impressed by the depth of Onfido’s offering and the range of its products, Adam and his team were also taken with the user-friendly design of Onfido’s software.
“Onfido’s simplicity and ease of use was a big factor in us going with them,” explained Adam. “As an administrator, it was incredibly intuitive to navigate and we didn’t require specialist training.”
“We deal with a large volume of background checks, and we need to have a tool that can process the high numbers of applicants reliably. Onfido makes it easy to see the status of all the carers who apply, so we always know exactly where we are and how our recruitment is going at any one time.”
Throughout the integration of Onfido’s API into SuperCarer’s application process, Adam and his team had constant assistance from Onfido’s support team.
“The customer support was always excellent,” says Adam. “We haven’t needed it much, but whenever we’ve had a question or needed a little help they’ve been brilliant. With Onfido, you aren’t just getting a tool, but a team behind it too.”