Issue date: 30 June 2004

ISSUE DATE: 30/06/04

Managing services for people with learning disabilities should become more effective and efficient thanks to a new link between the University of the West of England and Brandon Trust.

Brandon has evolved by transferring and developing services formerly run by the public sector (NHS and local government). In 10 years the Trust has grown from an income stream of £4.5 million and an employee base of 5 to its current income of £21.5 million and an employee base of 1100 people. The new two-year collaboration will see associate Abid Mohammed work with academic supervision from UWE’s Bristol Business School to design and implement an integrated business and information system for the charity. The system is expected to have a significant impact on effective management of a wide range of services including residential care, nursing homes, respite care, day services and supported living.

Abid commented: “I am looking forward to bringing my experiences of implementing IT Systems in other organisations to the Trust. This will be a significant and challenging period for both the Trust and me and I am sure it will be very exciting.”

The project is a government-supported Knowledge Transfer Partnership, a three-way link between a recent graduate, an academic supervisor and an industry or business with a specific project that could benefit from expert input.

Academic supervisor Andy Igonor from UWE said, “This is a major project with a fast-growing service provider for people with learning disabilities. We will be reviewing and evaluating all existing business and computer systems used within Brandon Trust, with the aim of providing a well-integrated system with improved operational efficiency and managerial effectiveness.”

Steve Bennett, Chief Executive of Brandon Trust said, “The Trust prides itself on delivering high quality services on behalf of its public sector partners whilst at the same time maintaining low administration costs. It is now an appropriate time in the Trust’s development to review and develop our business systems maximising the benefit of the latest developments in IT. I am excited at the opportunity this partnership presents for all involved and I am looking forward to gaining maximum benefit.”


Editor’s notes

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a government-supported initiative enabling high calibre graduates to work on projects of strategic significance to the host organisation.
For further information, e-mail Clare.Rowson@uwe.ac.uk, tel: 0117 32 83676

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