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Cera delivers 50 million at-home patient visits since inception

In just seven years, Cera reached a monumental milestone of delivering 50 million at-home patient visits. To put this into perspective, this is equivalent to delivering a care visit to every person in England. Of the almost 100,000+ care organisations in Europe, Cera is the largest to be digital-first, harnessing technology & AI to redefine the standards of care.

Cera launches pioneering Carer Career Pathway

Cera's newly launched training programme will offer comprehensive training and development opportunities to employees who are new to the industry, all the way up to becoming a fully qualified Nursing Associate within 3 years. This will help create a talented and progressive workforce, helping revolutionise the care sector.

Cera delivers 7.5m winter home care visits saving NHS estimated £100m

Cera has announced the successful delivery of 7.5 million home care visits over the winter period, saving the NHS an estimated £100 million. The figure, which is 2.5 million more than the initial five million visits planned last October, is underpinned by Cera’s AI-powered care model.

Cera Launches AI scheduler technology

Cera launched a new AI platform that matches patients to community care up to 5x faster, helping alleviate NHS winter pressures through quicker patient discharge. The technology also pairs patients with Carers to better suit their needs and reduces average Carer travel time between patients by up to 50%.

Cera featured in The Times Health Commission Report

The report highlights 10 key recommendations on how the NHS can be saved, with Cera featured as a solution helping solve challenges facing the social care sector.

Cera Partners with Google Cloud

Cera collaborates with Google Cloud to optimise the company’s data-driven healthcare operations. This collaboration will enable Cera to scale operations and better organise and manage data to drive greater care innovation through leveraging Google Cloud to construct an advanced data mesh.

Founder of Cera crowned as Great British Entrepreneur of the Year

Cera's Founder Dr Ben Maruthappu, has been announced as Great British Entrepreneur of the Year at The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Recognised annually as one of the most prestigious accolades in the entrepreneurial world, The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards received over 5,000 applications this year alone. Making the shortlist is an achievement in its own right, underlining the significance of Cera’s win.

A pilot of Cera's fall prediction AI platform demonstrated a 20% reduction in falls in older people

A pilot of Cera's revolutionary fall prediction AI platform led to a 20% reduction in falls. The platform takes information about patients logged by carers on a smartphone app and assesses their risk of having a fall. Based on the information, the visiting carer can then ensure the patient is hydrated and that paths to toilets and the kitchen are clear. Predicting falls using artificial intelligence (AI) could help cut the number of falls elderly people are having in their own homes, leading to a reduction in the number of people being admitted to hospital.

AI Avatars used to train staff in UK first for social care sector

Cera introduces AI Avatars to speed up recruitment of carers to deliver more social care more quickly and support the NHS. Virtual representations of key members of the Cera team are being used in training programmes in a UK first for the social care sector. New recruits get to meet the Avatar, dubbed the Digital Twin, of Cera’s Sarah Craven who will deliver a personal welcome to thousands of new staff. Stroke prevention training will also be delivered by the Avatar to upskill staff on the signs to look out in patients. Cera is expecting the Avatars could train approximately 20,000 new carers a year.

AI breakthrough predicts 83% of falls a week in advance

Cera launches a new AI discovery that predicts people falling at home a week before it happens with 83% accuracy. Cera is rolling out AI that is set to dramatically improve social care and prevent hospitalisations. Falls are the number one reason older people are taken to A&E. Around a third of people aged 65 and over, and around half of people aged 80 and over, fall at least once a year in England. In 2021/22 there were 223,101 hospitalisations as a result of a fall by people over the age of 65. The total annual cost in the UK of fragility fractures, common conditions as a result of a fall, has been estimated at £4.4 billion.

Radio 5 Live Wake Up to Money

Our CEO and Founder Dr Ben Maruthappu was discussing the hot topics of the day - inflation, rent rises, by-elections, how the Cera team are transforming healthcare in the home and....the Barbie ® movie on BBC5Live’s Wake Up to Money programme. “Cera is working in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to deliver 50,000 in-person home visits every day, reducing hospitalisations by up to 70%, predicting and preventing falls and infections for the people we care for.” Dr. Ben Maruthappu, BBC5Live.

Sky News

The long awaited NHS Long Term Workforce Plan was published on Friday 30 June. Our CEO Dr Ben Maruthappu went on Sky News that morning to respond to this significant reform and to discuss how the future of health care will require 75 percent of services to move out of hospitals and into the home and community. Dr Ben discussed Cera's GPT Care Plans and how we expect them to give carers back approximately two hours a day to deliver care instead of doing admin and how Cera’s use of machine learning can reduce hospitalisations by almost 70 percent.

Care Friends - Cera hires over 1000 Carers using social sharing platform

Cera is the first company to hire over 1000 carers using social sharing platform Care Friends. The platform rewards our Carers with bonuses for sharing our jobs and inviting their friends to join Cera. Employee referrals are one of Cera’s top hire sources, and the platform has been hugely successful for Carers.

Cera delivered more than 1.5million at-home visits to patients nationwide in January 2023

Cera surpassed its January targets by over 50%, delivering more than 1.5 million at-home appointments to patients nationwide, saving the government up to £1 million per day. By delivering digital-first home-healthcare services across the country, Cera has saved the government up to £31 million in hospitalisation fees and care home costs during January 2023.

Cera launches rapid discharge service to support the NHS

Cera launched a rapid discharge service that aims for 80% of patients who can be discharged from hospital to be seen on the same day by its carers or nurses, freeing up beds and easing the NHS’s current ‘bed-blocking’ emergency.

The Telegraph - Commentary on NHS crisis

Cera's CEO and Co-founder Dr Ben Maruthappu spoke to The Telegraph about the bed-blocking crisis facing the NHS today, and how Cera's technology powered model is revolutionising the way we deliver care and reducing hospital admissions.

Healthier Lives

Cera announced further investment in technology that can more rapidly detect and diagnose deteriorating health conditions - already shown to reduce hospitalisation rates by an unprecedented 52%.

Cera's Sixth Birthday

Cera celebrated six years of enabling people to live longer, healthier lives from the comfort of home. This year was a momentous one, as Cera secured the UK's largest Health Tech fundraise in 2022 of $320m (£263m).

Cera Voice

Cera has commenced pilot trials for an AI-powered voice assistant in a first for the UK's care sector, which is expected to reduce A&E visits by up to 50%. This 'Siri for care' is powered by automated phone calls to patients through an empathetic, human-like virtual assistant, which uses machine learning to monitor and prevent health deterioration, offering a more scalable approach to the delivery of care.

DCMS Report

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Paul Scully MP featured Cera as one of 2022’s leading impact tech companies. The report centred around the UK’s exciting and growing tech market with its combined market value of $1 trillion, as the sector retains the top spot in Europe and third in the world.

Cera secures $320m in funding

Cera raised $320m to expand from servicing 15,000 to 100,000 at-home patients each day - freeing up NHS beds and boosting the UK's care capacity by the equivalent of over 50 hospitals.

Letter To My Carer

Cera launched a campaign titled ‘Letter To My Carer’ to encourage more people up and down the country to consider a career in care. The campaign was covered in print and online by the Daily Express, and was named one of the best PR campaigns of the week by PRWeek.

Sunday Times - CEO Profile

Co-founder and CEO of Cera, Dr Ben Maruthappu, gave an exclusive interview to the Sunday Times. The article covered the reasons for founding Cera, the company's innovative technologies and considerable growth in just five years.

Recruitment ‘Open Day’

Cera opened its doors to hundreds of potential candidates across 35 of its nationwide branches, allowing future carers to meet the local teams, ask questions and see what it could be like to be a carer with Cera.

Cera ranked #8 overall in Deloitte Fast 50

As part of the Deloitte Fast 50 2021 rankings, one of the UK’s leading award programmes for high-growth technology companies, Cera has been confirmed as one of the Top Ten fastest-growing technology companies across any sector nationwide.

Ben Maruthappu named as finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards

Cera’s co-founder and CEO, Dr Ben Maruthappu, has been recognised as a finalist in the 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year rankings, alongside a range of inspirational business founders from some of the UK’s flagship start-ups

Cera launches pioneering Flu-ID digital flu tracker to support the NHS

Ahead of what promises to be a difficult winter for UK health and social care, Cera is leveraging data analytics to quicken flu diagnosis and treatments, whilst reducing hospitalisations among older people.

Fifteen new Digital Healthcare Hubs to be launches by Cera throughout the UK

By empowering Professional Carers and Nurses with real time data and digitalised technology, Cera is moving more and more healthcare services out of hospitals and into communities.

Cera creates and fills 10,000 new jobs during the pandemic

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cera sought to solve a dual crisis. By bringing new talent into the social care sector we solved capacity issues, whilst at the same time putting thousands of people back to work during the recession.

Cera named #1 Healthcare company, and #2 overall in StartUps 100

Earlier this month, Cera was named as the number one Healthcare company on the Startups 100 list - the definitive ranking of high-growth scale-ups in the UK - and number two overall.

Cera launches 5,000 new jobs throughout the UK

Having achieved our goal of creating and filling 10,000 jobs during the pandemic several months ahead of schedule, Cera has announced 5,000 new jobs throughout the UK.

Cera has delivered more than 10 million visits since the pandemic began

Cera provides invaluable care and support to tens of thousands of older people every day, in their own homes, empowering them to live independently whilst also preventing hospitalisations or stays in care homes. Since the onset of the pandemic, Cera has carried out more than 10 million care visits to homes.

Cera launches initiative to recruit and train 500 refugees from Afghanistan

In response to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, and to help those arriving in the UK to settle into their new home, we’ve launched an initiative to recruit and train 500 Afghan refugees over the next five years. Find out more about our plans below:

Join Social Care recruitment platform launches to get 100,000 people into care

An innovative recruitment platform that previously operated with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has launched independently in a bid to attract 100,000 new carers. The Join Social Care platform originally launched with the DHSC in May 2020 and has already filled thousands of roles across the UK care sector.

Cera expands portfolio to cover nursing and prescriptions

As part of Cera’s growing portfolio of Healthcare at Home offerings, and as we continue to move more and more services out of hospitals and into people’s own homes, we have formally launched our expansion into Nursing services.

How we’re transforming Healthcare, and what the press have to say

We’ve been profiled by a range of leading media - from national and business titles, to the healthcare and technology press. Find out what they have to say here:

Cera on Television & Radio

We’re regularly featured on television and radio across the UK, Europe and beyond. Watch and listen to some of our most recent segments below: