NHS Lothian pilots ‘how was your day’ employee wellbeing app

Scotland’s Chief Scientist Office has part-funded a new ‘how was your day?’ app, which is being tested with NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside, the University of Aberdeen and the University of St Andrews.

The workplace engagement start-up, called Trickle, launched in 2018 and focuses on developing apps to support employee wellbeing.

In December 2020 the company launched a 12-month pilot of the app which allows healthcare staff to provide instant feedback on working conditions to their employers. It aims to help organisations build a more inclusive workplace and achieve better performance by engaging, collaborating and supporting the health and wellbeing of their people.

The day-to-day wellbeing app is also being used by FirstGroup plc, West Dunbartonshire Council, Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and Food Standards Scotland.

It has been backed by a recent £1 million seed funding round led by Techstart Ventures.

Trickle CEO and Founder, Paul Reid, said: “Trickle came through the Scottish Government’s CivTech digital accelerator programme, so we’ve been closely aligned with the public sector in Scotland since our early days.

“While the last year has seen us expand our activities with the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland, particularly in light of challenges around the coronavirus pandemic, we’re also rapidly growing the corporate sector side of the business and are increasingly engaging with organisations across the UK.”

Dr Simon Edgar, Director for Medical Education at NHS Lothian, said: “The most joyful and engaged healthcare staff feel both physically and psychologically safe, appreciate the meaning and purpose of their work and perceive their work life to be fair and equitable.

“This fantastic enhancement to the Trickle platform will give us real time data and a direct connection to the voice of our doctors in training to help us create positive change together.”