A NEW bespoke digital platform has been launched by the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation (HWF) charity, providing healthcare staff access to a range of goods and services.
Healthchain is intended to act as a hub for healthcare staff and will be available not only to medical practitioners but to all health workers, from porters to cleaners to care home workers and community staff.
The new digital platform (which is being developed into a mobile app) promises access to free or discounted goods and services from HWF, including financial assistance, childcare grants, PPE, and counselling and therapy sessions. The charity plans to expand the platform to offer third-party services, ranging from transport, financial services to food and clothing lines, which will provide NHS staff with “exclusive offers”.
Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, a spokesperson at the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation said: "The pressure placed on NHS workers over the past 11 months has been unimaginable. From fatigue, anxiety, burn-out, set against a backdrop of struggling to meet unprecedented demand for patients, the launch of something like Healthchain is long overdue.
"We want to take the pressure off NHS workers and provide a single, easy-to-access hub where they can get hold of essential support and resources which will help them, so they can continue to help you. Healthchain will do just that, and as we continue to develop the service, we only hope to see more health workers benefit from the platform."
The HWF is working with third-party organisations including Harley Therapy, Medics Money, Doctors in Distress and Ally and hopes to build on current partnerships by working with organisations committed to supporting healthcare workers.