A UK company which provides advanced ‘nurse call’ systems for care homes has secured an £850,000 investment from Traditum Private Equity and NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

This latest round of funding will enable Sheffield-based Arquella to expand its sales and marketing team and target the growing residential care home market across the UK and Europe. 

Arquella provides its cloud-based advanced nurse call system for adult social care services under the brand AIDA. The proprietary system encompasses app-based and hand-held devices which aggregate data to provide carers with real-time information on their residents’ needs, maximising the time they spend with residents and improving care quality.

This technology provides an efficient management system for care home teams to not only create and deliver planned care but to accurately record and continually monitor reactive care in real time.  

Using AIDA, carers are requested to specify the type of care provided at the time of delivery, recording key information which reduces administration and enables care teams to optimise response times, manage resource requirements and record care in line with Care Quality Commission standards.

The cloud-based system can be provided on a subscription model, reducing costs and enabling care services of all sizes to benefit from evolving digital technology. Arquella’s software integrates with the sector’s leading care management software providers and with existing hardware infrastructure to provide real time reporting that is transformative for a fast-growing care sector which is under considerable resource pressure.

Founded in 2017, Arquella received an initial £350,000 investment from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance in 2020 to enable it to further develop the technology. The platform is currently used in 26 care homes with over 869 care beds.

There are currently 480,000 care beds in the UK and 3.8 million in Europe, with both figures set to rise significantly in line with the ageing population.

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“We’re extremely pleased to receive further investment from Mercia, with whom we have always enjoyed a strong and supportive relationship, and we’re very excited about our new partnership with Traditum,” said Steven Holmes, commercial director at Arquella.

“To have our progress and vision recognised and bought into by an investor with so much experience in the healthcare technology space is a huge compliment.”

The investment in Arquella is the first from Traditum’s dedicated health technology team. 

Iain Marlow, head of investments at Traditum, said: “The management team of Arquella have created a truly differentiated system which is able to provide greater oversight and effective management of care to residential and domiciliary patients. 

“We are pleased to be joining the business at this exciting stage of development and look forward to supporting the business to improve patient care.”

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