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Mental health recruitment platform Nolea Health raises £1m

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Nolea Health founder Richie Dawes. Image credit: Nolea Health

Nolea Health, a platform to recruit mental health professionals and tackle staff shortages, has emerged from stealth with a £1m investment.

The London-based startup was founded last year, following the intense strain the pandemic had on an already overstretched NHS.

Nolea Health is an online jobs marketplace that aims to address the mental health clinician staffing shortage for healthcare providers.

The platform matches candidates with available positions, using various data points, such as location, job requirements, experience, education, and other factors. The company claims its algorithm can increase hires for mental health positions.

The startup said it will put the new funds towards hiring, with the goal of doubling its team as it looks to expand its machine learning tech.

“Our mental healthcare industry is in crisis. The demand for services is growing, while the supply of skilled professionals is dwindling,” said company founder and CEO Richie Dawes.

“Our mission at Nolea Health is to create a revolutionary platform that will change how healthcare providers find talent and healthcare professionals find jobs. With our innovative approach, we believe we can make a real difference in this area and successfully address the urgent issue of staff shortages.”

Frontline Ventures led the seed funding round, which also saw participation from Calm/Storm Vetnures.

“The Covid-19 pandemic unveiled a broken healthcare system – an increasing number of people report mental health issues, leading to staff shortages, long working hours and burned-out professionals in therapy and beyond,” said Lucanus Polagnoli, founding partner of Calm/Storm Ventures.

“The innovative white-label clinician marketplace platform also enables clinicians that want work flexibility, multiple work opportunities, access to digital tools, and upskilling opportunities.”