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Managing risks to improve lives of people with disabilities

Ireland charity WALK is using a new risk management process built on Nintex K2 Cloud in support of their mission to people with disabilities lead more independent lives. The organization can now create more standardized risk assessments, update them regularly, and share them easily, to ultimately protect and empower vulnerable adults.

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Application Development

Who they are

WALK is an Ireland charity supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live self-determined lives within socially inclusive communities.

What they needed

The charity needed an automated solution for its risk management processes.

How they did it

Using Nintex K2 Cloud, WALK set up an end-to-end process for creating, sharing and updating personal risk assessments.

Delivering a higher level of service

Challenge: Addressing growth of their service

Following several years of growth, WALK was working with a larger number of people with disabilities across a wider geographic area in Ireland. It therefore needed to produce, share, and update a far larger number of personal risk assessments for the vulnerable adults it supported. These personal risk assessments, together with person-centered plans, are vitally important documents that enable the charity to help people with disabilities become as independent as possible.

Initially, the charity selected a pre-built risk management solution, but this approach wasn’t a success. After a few weeks of discussing whether to test another off-the-shelf package or hire a developer, WALK discovered K2 Software. The charity evaluated the Nintex K2 Cloud solution thoroughly, testing it against two other similar solutions.

Solution: Improved customer support

With some guidance from an IT partner, WALK used Nintex K2 Cloud to set up an end-to-end process for creating, sharing, and updating personal risk assessments. With this workflow, the organization was able to standardize the format of its personal risk assessments and ensure that confidential personal information was only accessible to approved teams. WALK was also able to extend the scope of the risk management system to include not only personal risk assessments but also corporate risk assessments, such as those relating to governance and financial management.

In addition, the risk management process is helping WALK to improve the safety of vulnerable adults it supports, by making personal and corporate risk assessments more up-to-date and easily accessible to managers. For example, the Director of Residential Services can see all risks across 14 residential homes, color-coded, with red being the most serious. He can then make faster, better-informed decisions to improve the quality of life for people supported by the charity.

Through the use of Nintex K2 Cloud, WALK can help people with disabilities to take independent steps more quickly and achieve their personal goals faster.
Sandy Bain, Quality Coordinator, WALK
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