A new dedicated app has been launched to support the adult social care workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Care Workforce app, which has been developed with NHSX and NHS Business Services Authority, will be introduced under the new CARE brand and will act as a single digital hub for social care workers to access relevant updates, guidance, support and discounts from their phone.
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.”
This app follows the launch of the Social Care Action plan which sets out a range of measures to protect staff and residents living in care homes.
Further government support measures include:
expanding the social care workforce by 20,000 through a new recruitment campaign, while NHS nurses and student nurses are being deployed to support social care sector where appropriate.
supporting care homes with new ways to order PPE;
expanding testing to care staff, alongside residents, whether or not they have symptoms; and
an extra £1.6bn has also been made available to local authorities to address the additional pressures from COVID-19, with a further £1.3 billion available to provide enhanced support for patients being discharged.
The app will be available to download from on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, as well as being accessible online at https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk.