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

The "CARE" branded Care Workforce app comes in response to calls from the sector for a more unified and connecting brand, and it is hoped that it will unite the 1.5 million care workers across more than 18,000 care providers.

The app, developed with NHSX and the NHS Business Services Authority, will act as a single digital hub for social care workers to access relevant updates, guidance, support and discounts from their phone. It can be downloaded on Apple and Android supported smartphones or accessed by browsers on any device.

Support will also be offered on mental health and wellbeing through toolkits and resources, and new mental wellbeing guidance will be signposted on the Care Workforce app when it is available.

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

The new mental wellbeing guidance tool will be designed to offer bespoke advice for care workers, and will:

  • act as a single one-stop-shop providing the sector with all the latest guidance, wellbeing support and advice they need to protect themselves from COVID-19 and keep themselves well

  • provide access to learning resources on crucial areas such as infection control as well as 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 such as Discounts for Carers and the Blue Light Card

  • signpost free access to apps like Silvercloud, Daylight and Sleepio, which can help boost users’ mental wellbeing through programmes covering sleep, stress and resilience.

A version of the app is also under consideration for NHS workers.

The app is available for anyone working in social care in England, and 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.

Last reviewed 12 May 2020