Hi Volt, tell us a bit about yourself and your business.
I am the CEO for Fosse Healthcare, a large provider of domiciliary care services, specialist staffing care and nursing solution and supported living services. Prior to that I held a number of leadership roles across healthcare, financial services, engineering and technology.
As an organisation our mission is to help our clients have longer, happier, healthier lives in their own homes. We firmly believe that people are our greatest asset and that an agile mindset to innovation and technology have a critical role to play across the health and social care system.
How would you summarise the changes you have seen in the care sector since you joined?
Overall positive steps in the right direction but not fast enough. I think the Pandemic in particular has educated the public, and policy makers, about the critical role that Social Care plays in the overall Health & Social Care System. I also think families and elderly clients are increasingly taking a home first stance which bodes well for Domiciliary Care.
The Social Care Reform and maturing the Integrated Care Systems (ICS), which become statutory on July 1st 2022, are the largest changes on the horizon across our sector. Whilst the implications of how the Reform and ICS will shape Health & Social Care, as well as the experience of citizens using this service, there is a need for Central Government and Local Authority to act now and address some of the immediate financial pressures across providers.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The positive impact it has on people’s lives, and the myriad of opportunities to innovate.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
More funding will always be welcome but realistically the one thing I would change in the short term is better use of the funding we already have with a greater focus on prevention and early intervention.
If someone was starting out in the care sector now, what advice would you give them?
Think carefully about why you are seeking to start out in the care sector and keep informed on how the changes ahead will shape things.
What do you wish you’d known when you started working in the care sector?
I knew how rewarding it would be but certainly didn’t fully appreciate how challenging it is.
Date: June 22, 2022
Category: Care and Medical