Digital Support for Social Care
The response from the healthcare sector to Corona has been a compassionate and inspiring one. No-one would deny, however, that it has taken a considerable toll on frontline staff. Technology is a powerful tool in our collective action against coronavirus. Which is why we have come up with a brief overview of some of the apps that have launched recently. Our social care app guide contains descriptions of recently released apps in the sector. They are all free and are designed to help social care do what it does best: take care of people.
C19 Control is a free app you can use to record and report on COVID-19 statuses and PPE use. It is designed for care agencies to use internally. Through recording COVID-19 instances it provides a similar service to NHSX, but on an agency-specific level. It can also create heatmaps to simplify the data you record. Information is straightforward to share from the app to your own reports as well as wider public services.
C19 Control is made by our friends at everyLIFE Technologies. They have been champions of social care and a leading force in its ongoing digitisation. They used their experience with everyLIFE PASS to inform C19 Control’s applicability.
You can register your agency for C19 control here.
In the past mental health was a frequently overlooked casualty of life on the frontline of care. Fortunately, there has been a growing focus on the importance of looking after oneself emotionally as well as physically. Frontline 19 recognises that need and is offering 12 free therapy sessions to healthcare workers during this crisis.
Signing up for the sessions is a straightforward process and you can decide how frequently you wish to have them. There is no commitment or cost and all the therapists are qualified professionals who volunteered their time.
You can find out more about the service and sign up here.
While this is not available to anyone outside of the Isle of Wight, it will form the government’s main digital counteraction against COVID-19. Assuming the trial run goes well. As Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, announced at last Monday’s press conference, “where the Isle of Wight goes, Britain follows”.
The app is designed for people to self-report symptoms and help create a public map of COVID-19 infection. Initial reports indicated it was easy to set up and straightforward to use. Each user’s anonymity is protected by a random ID number assigned to their device upon signing up.
There is hope about the tracking and response potential of the app. Through Bluetooth the app will be able to determine if the device has gone near to someone else who has recorded symptoms. Up-to-date infection information is vital for social care workers on the frontline, especially those visiting multiple homes a day.
The NHSX app is very much in its testing phase. Tests that require at least 60% of the Isle of Wight to take part to be considered successful. However, there have been inevitable speedbumps in the process, so a UK wide version is likely some weeks off yet.