Refero makes its mark in Manchester
Dan Worman, Co-Founder, Refero, explains why Manchester presents an exciting and new frontier for the company as it sets up a new presence in the glossy Bright Building, located at Manchester’s Science Park.
In 2017, Refero was launched. We had a simple but powerful mission: to provide a platform for collaboration across health and social care services. The time has arrived for our next phase, enabling the transformation of health and social care, and Manchester, as a devolved region, is key.
Earlier this year, we were welcomed into the Mi-Idea programme in the Bright Building at Manchester’s Science Park. With its post-modern architecture and glass exterior, the Bright Building is a state-of-the-art workspace where collaboration meets innovation. The Bright Building was the brainchild of both Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT & Networking, and Manchester Science Partnerships, UK’s leading science park operator. Utilising our existing relationship with Cisco, we set up shop at the Bright Building – enabling us to share ideas and collaborate with some of the brightest minds and innovative companies in Manchester. We could now establish a strong Mancunian presence.
But why Manchester? Because the city is achieving unprecedented things in health and social care right now. In 2015, local authorities in Greater Manchester and the NHS signed a landmark devolution agreement – Manchester would be completely responsible for the health and social care services of its citizens.
This unprecedented but incredibly exciting move has seen Greater Manchester really focus on ‘joining the dots’ between Primary care and Secondary care. Local authorities in Greater Manchester are creating a future where health and social services are more integrated. Imagine a GP who can prequalify a referral from a social worker before it comes to him. Or a system where patients can track the progress of their referral for special care like they would track an Amazon delivery. With responsibility devolved to them, Greater Manchester is free to implement these disruptive changes to its health and social care services. Refero will be at the heart of this transformation.