Jessie May, a children's hospice at home service, upgraded its telephony communications to Mitel Connect with help from Blackstar Solutions.
- An outdated legacy phone system offered no expansion capabilities
- As the organization had grown, they needed to expand their office space, necessitating a new telephony infrastructure
- Mitel Connect telephony solution
- Reliable, flexible and intuitive IP technology
- Enhanced functionality provides more efficient call handling
- Highly resilient solution has ensured maximum uptime
- Excellent scalability potential supports future growth for the organization
- Quick to deploy and easy to use
Jessie May is a Children’s Hospice at Home service, caring for local terminally-ill children. The nurses provide vital respite care, emotional support, end of life care and bereavement support, alongside family events that help create treasured memories.
Jessie May is a Children’s Hospice at Home service, caring for local terminally-ill children. The nurses provide vital respite care, emotional support, end of life care and bereavement support, alongside family events that help create treasured memories. Blackstar Solutions, a leading provider of bespoke business communication solutions, were first introduced to Jessie May at a networking event, where a talk was given by the charity about the work they do. As communications experts, Blackstar Solutions wanted to help and support Jessie May as the charity expanded.
Jessie May is based in an old school building just outside Bristol and office space has been shared since the charity was first established in 1996. Due to the age of the property, the thick walls often meant that phone connectivity around the office was poor.
Jessie May were embarking on a major office expansion project, so it seemed an appropriate time to simultaneously upgrade the telephony infrastructure.
Blackstar Solutions carried out an extensive health check of the current telephony configuration, infrastructure, landlines and internet connections. They wanted to provide Jessie May with an enterprise-standard communications solution, and recommended the Mitel Connect system.
Jessie May were impressed with the extensive features and functionality of Mitel Connect. In October 2016, when the legacy supplier’s contract was expiring, Jessie May asked Blackstar Solutions to deploy the Mitel technology, straight after the office building work was completed in September. The implementation process was seamless, transferring the analogue and digital system to Mitel’s IP platform, with minimal downtime for the 30+ extensions.
Lots of extensions have been reprogrammed which can all be done remotely. Jessie May even have their own logo on the phones, giving them a consistent look and feel and a professional, corporate identity.
Blackstar Solutions project managed the move out of hours and the actual installation only took a matter of hours. Blackstar Solutions provided three training sessions for staff before and during the migration to ensure that staff felt comfortable with the new solution once it was deployed.
"Mitel Connect was the perfect solution for Jessie May, as their growth and expansion meant they needed a faster, more reliable communications platform. Its scalability and enhanced features allow it to be tailored to Jessie May’s exact requirements."
The new telephony infrastructure now offers improved connectivity, is faster and much more reliable. Mitel Connect can do so much more than the legacy phone system. Previously, messages could only be left on one specific phone but with Mitel Connect, messages can be left or picked up from any phone, and calls can be transferred to a vast number of users.
A huge benefit is that remote staff now have unlimited access to the communication system. With more people working in remote locations, it offers a more flexible way of working.
The nurses now also have a mobile phone each (known as a lone worker device) when they are out in the community, which integrates with the Mitel system. Transferring calls from a landline to mobile and vice versa is a simple and seamless process.
The Mitel system is not only intuitive and simple to use, Jessie May are also making cost savings in lines and call charges. Blackstar Solutions now provide both remote and onsite support for the Mitel Connect system, along with the other business critical elements such as landline connectivity.
Jessie May are planning to implement audio-conferencing facilities in the future as they expand into other areas of expertise.
“Blackstar Solutions have been amazing - I can’t recommend them highly enough. They are always very accommodating and take the time to talk things through. They are also great advocates for Mitel’s technology. This is a huge move for Jessie May, into ‘new world’ technology and it has all been very positive.”
Jayne Short, Office Manager