Rolling out Scotland’s new Contact Tracing App for all our Staff

September 10, 2020 Press Release

On the day Scotland’s new ‘Protect Scotland’ coronavirus contact tracing app launched, ENABLE Scotland has rolled out the app to our entire workforce of over 2,200 people, who will be using it with immediate effect.

The charity has taken this measure in order to protect our workforce, as well as to enhance protections for the 2,500 people and their families that we support across Scotland.

This also means we are playing our part in protecting the communities in which our staff operate.

Making the announcement, Theresa Shearer, CEO of ENABLE Scotland, said;

Our priority has always been, and remains, the health and wellbeing of our staff and the people we support. We’re committed to doing everything we can to protect individuals, their families and communities, as well as our own people, from the ill effects of coronavirus.

Today’s decision will stand us in good stead to be part of the fightback against coronavirus and to continue delivery of our services which give people the chance to live their lives in the way they choose.

The swift rollout of the contact tracing app to all of our employees was only made possible by the digital transformation we undertook a year ago. It has once again paid dividends, not only in ensuring we are able to communicate at speed with a geographically dispersed team, but now also ensure they have the resources and tools to use the new government app to ensure they protect vulnerable people as well as themselves. We hope that by using the app, we will also limit disruption to the essential services we offer to people with learning disabilities.


ENABLE Scotland invested £1m in 2019 in a major overhaul of the way our frontline staff communicate and report on their work. The investment included the distribution of communications assets, including smartphones and tablets to frontline staff who previously relied on traditional paper-based reporting.

As a result of the investment, the ‘Protect Scotland’ app has been ‘pushed’ automatically out to each employee’s phone, and will help to alert individuals who may have come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

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