Thing 12: Apps #1 – Supporting practice

In this Thing you will learn about apps which you can use to support your practice.

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Apps, short for applications, are software which you can download and install onto various devices, such as mobile phones, computers, smartwatches and laptops. They tend to be in official App Stores for your given device but can sometimes be downloaded from other sources.


a) Download one of the following apps to the device of your choice. We suggest you choose the one most suited to your current job role.

SSSC MyLearning

Adult Support and Protection –  (Android / iPhone)

Medication Administration– SafeMed – (Android / iPhone)

Carers – Carezone

Visual Impairment – BeSpecular

Alternatively, if you already have an app on your device which supports your practice or another app that you use, check that you have the latest version, then move to section b) below.

b) Explore the app and make notes about the following:

  • usefulness
  • ease of use
  • accessibility
  • value for money (if you have paid for the app)
  • security.

c) Blog

Write a blog entry of at least 100 words on the app you decided to explore. Making reference to the criteria in section (b), think about how you might be able to use this in practice. If you have already tried using it in practice, talk about how this went and what if anything you would do differently the next time.

Image credit: Apple app store according to the New York Times by Wolf Gang licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.