Blue Sky Care - Connecting people to transform lives

Connecting people to transform lives

Care Home group move to Microsoft Cloud to help them extend first-class care services.

Blue Sky Care provides residential homes and supported living services in the East Midlands for adults with learning disabilities and supplementary needs such as autism and challenging behaviours.

We are passionate about recognising individual potential and helping to transform lives, by supporting and encouraging those individuals to develop a lifestyle that is rewarding through personal development, gaining or maintaining independence, building esteem and confidence and developing social and communications skills.

In February 2013, we took a big step and implemented Office 365 from Microsoft. Now, all our digital content sits within a unified environment, we all use the same version of software and have overcome our document access and versioning challenges by working from within SharePoint. We finally have confidence that our data is current and up-to-date. Staff can work on records electronically, from any device, press save and the information is there for all to share. People can collaboratively review documents without anything having to be emailed. We’ve revolutionised our day-to-day life and critically, our care support planning process is faster, easier and more secure. The team members ‘on the ground’ are properly enabled to execute their day-to-day roles more efficiently and deliver services faster.

“We finally have confidence that our data is current and up-to-date.”

Richard Miller, Managing Director at Blue Sky Care Ltd

The learning journey we’ve been on has been positive. When we decided to tackle the IT issues and risk head-on, we knew nothing about Office 365 but Microsoft partner Compatibility suggested we consider it. Even though I could instantly see how it would enable us to improve our service and transform the way we worked, I had real concerns about how we could make it operational without having strong IT skills within the team. But, Compatibility built our confidence by taking the time to understand our business requirements and demonstrating the variety of immediate benefits we could expect right down to the smallest daily task scenarios. It was very powerful to imagine being able to use a web browser to view, edit and share a document from anywhere! The extent to which it would enable managers in care homes across our region with the latest information in real-time was unimaginable at that point.

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