Balhousie Care Group has launched a smartphone app for employees, as care home teams pitch in together during a challenging time.

The app, developed in a record 10 days by Balhousie Care’s in-house IT team, gives the group’s 1400 staff immediate and on-the-go access to company news, tips and guidelines, particularly surrounding Coronavirus.

The app features Coronavirus FAQs, a weekly staff newsletter, and how-to’s on subjects like hand-washing and putting on Personal Protection Equipment. There are also links to the latest news from Balhousie Care’s 26 homes.

Jill Kerr, Group CEO of Balhousie Care Group, said: “We had been considering an app dedicated exclusively to our staff for some time. The Coronavirus Crisis has not only brought staff together to lend each other support, it has also led to the need for regular information updates.

“Rules, regulations and policies are being adapted and added to daily. Because of this we’ve been ramping up our internal communications – strengthening our staff intranet, making staff newsletters weekly rather than monthly, and having more staff briefings.

“Creating an app to bring this all together seemed like a necessary next step. Just as importantly, it’s also a way of sharing and celebrating all the positive news and hard work our staff do.”