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Dedicated app for social care workers launched

Dedicated app for social care workers launched

A new app has been launched for the adult social care workforce in England to support staff through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The social care workforce is spread across 18,000 providers and it can often be difficult to communicate with all staff in one clear way. The Care Workforce app, developed by NHSX and the NHS Business Services Authority, is a digital hub for social care workers to access relevant updates, guidance, support and discounts from their phone.

The app is the first of its kind for the care workforce and will:

  • provide the latest guidance, wellbeing support and advice on COVID-19
  • provide access to learning resources on areas such as infection control and practical advice and support for mental wellbeing
  • show how care workers can take advantage of offers available to NHS and social care staff, including free car parking and discounts through organisations and initiatives like Discounts for Carers and the Blue Light Card
  • signpost free access to apps like Sivercloud, Daylight and Sleepio, which can help boost users’ mental wellbeing.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our incredible social care workforce are on the frontline day and night providing quality care to the most vulnerable in our society during the most unprecedented time in our history. The whole country is incredibly grateful of the work they continue to do for our loved ones.

“As part of our continued work to back the care sector, we have launched a new app specifically for care workers to make sure they have the most up-to-date guidance to keep them safe, connected with their colleagues across the country, which also allows them to access discounts like their NHS counterparts.

“It’s available to download right now, and I would urge everyone in social care to do so.”

In the future, the app will act as a networking platform to bring the social care workforce together in one place to share learnings, best practice and inspiring stories from across the sector.

New mental wellbeing guidance will soon be published with bespoke advice for care workers. This guidance will be signposted on the Care Workforce app when available.

The app is available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, as well as being accessible online at https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk.

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