The National Autistic Society has chosen The Access Group to deliver a multi-million pound digital transformation project

The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading autism charity, recently initiated a digital transformation project to improve their operational efficiency and save £350,000 per year so they could re-invest and focus on their life-changing work.

Before the transformation, the charity had disparate systems, with limited means to electronically roster, capture time, or manage care plans across the organisation. Further complicating matters, their HR, Finance and Payroll systems were from different providers and weren’t joined up. This resulted in less efficient manual processes, inaccurate data and a potentially higher use of agencies.

The National Autistic Society needed to cut overhead costs and gain efficiencies, and they could not do this without a complete, integrated system. Nick Slowe, Interim Director of IT and Kelly Evans, Director of Finance initiated the digital transformation project. The charity looked at several vendors to find the best possible fit for their needs.

The Access Group was chosen as they were the only vendor able to supply the required end-to-end solution and because of their deep expertise in the Health and Social Care sector. Access offers the widest portfolio of products, enabling them to provide all of the required solutions from a single provider, and further benefited from a centralised support system for all aspects of the business.

Steve Sawyer, Director of Health and Social Care at the Access Group comments, “the team at Access is passionate about providing solutions that make a real difference to our clients and the individuals they support; the National Autistic Society directly supports thousands of people in the UK and we are delighted they have chosen Access to help them to drive efficiency  through quality processes.”

Kelly Evans, Director of Finance at the National Autistic Society, said: “We’re spending public money, so it’s essential that the charity is as efficient as possible. This is why we undertook this digital transformation project, but it will also help us in our drive to improve quality and compliance by joining up our systems and making monitoring and reporting simpler.

“We have worked closely with the Access Group to ensure the smooth transition and implementation of this new service, which will save the charity funds which will be reinvested into the work we do for the 700,000 autistic people in the UK.” 

About the National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, challenge perceptions and build a society that works for autistic people.

  • We transform lives by being a trusted source of support and practical advice for autistic children and adults, as well as their families and carers. We reach thousands through our direct services and 100s of thousands with our information,
  • We challenge perceptions by campaigning through our national branches and working with businesses and policy-makers to change laws and deliver better services. We were central in introducing the Autism Act in 2009, and our public awareness films have reached millions of people.
  • Since we were founded in 1962, we have made great progress, but we know there is much more to do because the status quo isn’t good enough for autistic people. With more support, we can change it.