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Healthtech firm Staffscanner aims to revolutionise the health and social care sector as it expands following Scottish Enterprise support

Glasgow-based Staffscanner is a staffing provider and technology platform that is tripling in size following a grant award of almost £1million from Scottish Enterprise.

The firm has developed an innovative platform and recruitment solution for care homes and health boards and will use a grant of £960,000 from Scottish Enterprise towards a £5million project to develop its technology and add 80 new jobs to the firm taking its team from 40 to 120 employees.

Staffscanner provides a tool accessed online or via an app for both care providers and care workers to use where employees can control their work pattern and book shifts and employers can quickly assess skills and book staff.

There are over 40,000 healthcare professionals and more than 1,000 care services on the Staffscanner platform. The company has ambitious plans for 2024 that include expansion within the Scottish and English care home market and continued support to UK local authorities and the NHS.

Scottish Enterprise managing director of business growth Rhona Allison said: “The healthtech solution Staffscanner provides to the dual challenges of an aging population and fluctuating health and social care recruitment is truly innovative.

“It’s fantastic to see the company add 80 highly skilled roles to the team in Glasgow and builds on the success story of high growth tech companies capitalising on talent and expanding in Scotland.

“Scottish Enterprise’s new focus on driving economic transformation will enable businesses, like Staffscanner, to deliver high value jobs, boost their levels of innovation, productivity and global growth opportunities to create wealth for Scotland’s economy.”

Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead said: “This platform is a perfect example of providing technological solutions to real-life challenges – in this case these solutions will support our health sector.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are integral to our approach for growing Scotland’s economy. The National Innovation Strategy sets out our vision for becoming one of the most innovative small nations in the world over the next decade through investment, research, and improved productivity. Health and Life Sciences is a priority area and we are committed to working with industry to become world leading.

“We are already supporting start-ups through our £42 million investment in Techscalers across the country.”

Staffscanner’s co-founder Reza Najafian was inspired to start the business by his mother Alice, who was a nurse as well as from his own experience working in a care home over many years.

Reza also owns Silverburn Care Home in Glasgow and created Staffscanner in 2017 having experienced first-hand the challenges of recruiting valuable staff and combined passion for the provision of high-quality health care.

Reza said: “Our digital platform is revolutionising the care sector as it helps solve traditional challenges that care providers have experienced as well as improving transparency and efficiency to ultimately provide more time for what’s important – the provision of high-quality care for vulnerable people.

“We have exciting plans this year as we look to grow in key markets across the public and private sector in the UK as well as internationally with a service that we feel puts the care back into care management.

“A key factor in our growth has been the ability to access support from Scottish Enterprise as we further develop our business and aim to enter new markets in healthcare.”

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Picture caption: Reza Najafian started Staffscanner inspired by his mum and is now celebrating huge growth in the business.

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This announcement follows Scottish Enterprise’s recent launch of a key plan called: ‘Our Focus on Economic Transformation’ and highlights the agency’s missions on energy transition, innovation and productivity.

In July 2020, the Scottish government commissioned a report, led by former Skyscanner chief operating officer Mark Logan, to review its technology ecosystem and make recommendations to improve it.

According to Beauhurst, Scotland is home to some of the most innovative tech startups and scaleups in the UK. Indeed, over a quarter (28%) of Scotland’s high-growth businesses are technology companies.

About Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise (SE) is Scotland’s national economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government.  It supports businesses to innovate and scale to transform the Scottish economy by focusing on new market opportunities through targeted investment, innovation and internationalisation.  

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About Staffscanner

Staffscanner, founded by brothers Reza and Omid Najafian, is a pioneering digital platform designed to address the critical staffing shortages within the UK care sector. This innovative service connects care providers directly with local, qualified healthcare professionals, effectively eliminating the need for traditional staffing agencies. With a user-friendly interface, Staffscanner enables care services to post shifts, which can be filled in a matter of seconds by pre-vetted, verified, and trained carers and nurses. This approach not only reduces the financial and time burden associated with agency staffing but also enhances the quality of care by ensuring that staff are appropriately matched to the needs of residents.

Since its launch in 2017, Staffscanner has made significant inroads into the care sector, supporting over one thousand care services across the UK.  Staffscanner leverages technology to ensure continuity of care, demonstrating how innovative solutions can transform the care industry for the better.