RCP responds to launch of NHS test and trace app

17 Aug 2020

17 Aug 2020

The RCP has responded to the launch by government of the NHS test and trace app.

As part of government’s test and trace plans, the app will first be available to selected groups including NHS Volunteer Responders and those living on the Isle of Wight, prior to a national rollout.

RCP registrar Professor Donal O’Donoghue, commenting on the launch said:

‘This initial launch of the NHS test and trace app is a welcome step forward. It is vital the government does everything it can to increase the accuracy and coverage of NHS Test and Trace. The increased focus on partnership working between NHS Test and Trace and councils will be key to reducing COVID-19 community transmission.

‘To ensure the app has the confidence of the public and healthcare staff, it is crucial that it works well in hospitals. Guidance from NHS England for its appropriate use in clinical settings is vital, and we look forward to working with them so that solutions to the challenges faced by NHS staff ​are incorporated into ​new guidance and the app’s functionality.

‘Once the app is fully up and running, it will be important that uptake from healthcare staff and the general public is as high as possible to ensure its effectiveness.'