At Hive Learning, our peer learning platform brings together millions of people every day to learn, collaborate, swap challenges and share ideas. They come together across borders, from their home offices, from the lab, from factories, from football pitches, and a whole host of other places we don’t know about yet.
Today, we’re proud to share that we’re now able to bring together 1.5 million care workers from the frontline too. We’ve been collaborating with NHSX and the NHS Business Services Authority to help the Department of Health and Social Care launch a new CARE app to support frontline staff on-the-go through the coronavirus pandemic.
The app will bring together social care workers from more than 18,000 providers across England. It will give them access to a one-stop-shop with all the latest guidance, wellbeing support and advice that they need to protect themselves from COVID-19 and keep themselves well.
While they’re busy and on the go, they’ll easily be able to access the information they need, the moment they need it, from a desktop, mobile, and via Apple and Android apps.
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.
The tool will be the first of its kind provided for the care workforce and we’re excited to bring tools that we know make life easier for large and dispersed organisations in the corporate sector to help care workers doing amazing and difficult work on the frontline.
Helen Whately, Minister of State for Care, said about the launch:
“The care sector is a vital part of our health and care frontline and this pandemic has shone a light on the skills, commitment and dedication of our care workers.”
“The Care Workforce app is there to help those frontline care workers – from providing the latest news and guidance, to sharing stories to draw inspiration from in challenging times, and as a way of connecting colleagues from Cornwall to Carlisle. I hope it will help unite people working in care across the country.
“The care workforce have long asked for a single, unifying brand to connect them to each other and I am delighted that we are able today to launch this important new tool under the CARE umbrella.”
A version of the app is also under consideration for NHS workers.
If you know any adult social care workers who would benefit from accessing the app, they can visit https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk/join to access it from any device or search ‘Care workforce’ in the Apple and Google Play app stores.
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