Healthcare App

Instant communications are more important than ever

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, initially issued a request for 250,000 volunteers to donate their time to help the 1.5 million vulnerable people who will be self isolated for the next three months. Overnight, more than 500,000 people had signed up to help out. This was an overwhelming response and very representative of the nation’s willingness to stand together in this uncertain time. The NHS volunteers have been assigned their roles and will start their duties this week.

At Piota, our mission is to improve communications and engagement. We’re supporting NHS department communications by creating easy to use and quick to market app solutions for our healthcare clients to reach their patients and colleagues effectively and instantly.

What’s our role?

In response to the coronavirus crisis we’ve been working on the following app solutions:

  • COVID-19 Care Home – to provide care home staff with the latest training, protocols and procedures. 
  • Retired and Returning – to provide retired and returning healthcare workers with links to relevant training and local procedures/protocols.
  • Maternity – to provide expecting parents with important information regarding their pregnancy and what to do in today’s environment.
  • Paediatric Diabetes – to provide valuable and timely information to patients and their families who are unable to attend clinics.
The Black Country and West Birmingham CCG app on an Apple device
The Black Country and West Birmingham CCG app on an Apple device

Why use an app?

NHS departments are increasingly looking for digital solutions to reach their patients as the number of people using the NHS 111 service has shot up. An app is a modern solution for communicating with your audience, especially while we are relying more heavily on technology. It provides a centralised communication hub and helps to build a community of information, which is a timely resource for Covid-19 updates. The app can also be used as a “quick, handy resource for signposting” social prescribing tools, allowing this information to be accessible to those who are not currently engaged with you.

With our new registration tool, you can use your app for both external and internal communications. Your audience can subscribe to their chosen channels and will only receive relevant messages, ensuring that important messages will always be seen and understood.

What are our clients saying?

“Our app has come into its own for keeping patients up to date with latest Covid-19 advice! Thanks.”

Consultant Paediatrician at Paediatric Diabetes, Tayside Children’s Hospital

The team at Piota were able to produce our COVID-19 Communication App within hours of our initial request. The app has provided us with a quick and easy platform ensuring our Care Home managers and staff are kept up-to date with current local policy and procedural updates, an absolute must in this fast moving, transient world we now find ourselves in.  Thanks again Piota for your ongoing support – it has been absolutely fantastic, the responsiveness has been second to none.”

Yvonne Higgins – Deputy Chief Nurse at Wolverhampton CCG

To find out more about how we can help you maximise your communications strategy, please see our website or contact us at:

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Come see us at the Naidex Show, Birmingham NEC, 26 – 27th March

On the 26th and 27th of March 2019, Birmingham’s NEC will host the 45th edition of  Naidex, the disability and independent living event. We’ll be on stand N6070 so make sure to come see us 👋! 

About Naidex

At Naidex 2019 you’ll find 250 world-class CPD accredited seminars; interactive panel sessions and 350 astounding exhibitors. You will also see the return of the Live Sports Arena, and Mobility Test Track; as well as the Moving & Handling Lab and Home, Design & Build Summit.

With all this lined up, Naidex will once again become the hub of the disability sector and reaffirm its reputation as Europe’s most established event dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability.

Get your FREE tickets here and come meet us at the show!

Transform your communication and engagement with an app from Piota

We are proud to be exhibiting at Naidex 2019 and look forward to demonstrating how an app from Piota could help streamline your communication, improve support and care for people with a disability, and build a deeper level of engagement between families and carers.

Read our case study on St Elizabeth’s adult care and how their supported living apps have helped to transform communication and engagement with their residents and families.

Providing families with real-time photos of trampolining or horse rides on an adventure is something they might never normally see. It’s not someone telling them over the phone, it’s seeing the evidence, which is priceless!”

Please contact us for a free, no obligation demonstration of the app, or to discuss your requirements.

School app drumming up support for Emma & Milli in Crufts’ Friends for Life 2019 vote!

We are very pleased to see one of our school apps being used to drum up support for a student, Milli, and her hero assistance dog, Emma, in the Crufts’ Friends for Life award 2019.

School app support for Crufts' Emma & Milli

Golden Retriever, Emma and ‘little diamond’ Milli (eight) have today been confirmed as one of five finalists in this year’s prestigious Kennel Club Friends for Life competition – the winner will be announced in the main arena at Crufts on Sunday, March 10th. Emma and Milli made it through as the judges’ favourite for the hotly-contested ‘Hero Assistance Dog’ category.


Milli was born with Down’s syndrome and also suffers with a very serious heart condition. Having already undergone had two open heart surgeries – the first at just four months old – it’s no surprise that her dad, Steve, calls her his ‘little diamond’.


Milli’s range of conditions means that she suffers with low muscle tone, anxiety and breathlessness and her mum and dad decided to see what help was available for children with disabilities. They came across charity, Dogs for Good – the first UK assistance dog organisation to provide assistance dogs for children with disabilities – and last year Millie was matched with gorgeous goldie, Emma.


Continue reading on the Dogs for Good website


We’ve voted and will be keeping an eye out for the results of the public vote announced on Sunday 10th March at 17:20 in the Crufts main arena!

Vote for Emma & Milli here:



Did you know that Piota is one of the UK’s leading communication app providers? We create customised, high quality and affordable mobile apps to enable schools, healthcare organisations, sports clubs and more, to communicative more effectively with their community. Visit our homepage and apps sections to discover more.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements!

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Educational App Store gives Piota 5 star teacher review

The whole Piota team is thrilled to have received a 5 star teacher review from the Educational App Store.

A few fantastic comments from the review:

“A particularly nice feature is the ability to be able to conduct polls among parents.  This can help to encourage a dialogue between the school and its parents and show that it is responsive to its community’s needs.  The app is a powerful tool for data collection.  The management system holds the results of polls, shows the number of downloads and the degree of user interaction with the app.  All of this will certainly be of use in support of the school’s inspections.”

“The use of the actual app is easy.  Anybody who has used a tablet or smartphone will be at home with its use and navigation.  The key challenge will be getting parents to download the app and make use of it.  The developer promises support in this regard too.”

“This app does all that it promises and does it well.  It is an investment on the part of the school, but when compared to other ways of achieving similar results it seems particularly good value.  Each school should, of course, think of their specific needs, when appraising such a solution, but it is difficult to think of any that could not be met by this app.”

Read the full review at

If your school is interested in improving communications with parents and students, get in touch with Piota

Get a free trial of your own school app!

Teacher Toolkit: Custom school apps are “the perfect solution”

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Ross Morrison McGill, better known as Teacher Toolkit, is the most followed teacher on Twitter and writes the most influential UK blog on education. His latest post is called ‘Communicating with Parents’ and looks at Piota’s custom school apps.

So, what does Teacher Toolkit have to say about our custom school apps?

Piota has huge potential for schools, encouraging parents to engage with the daily experiences of their child, or at least have peace of mind that the information is there and available for them to see when it suits.

He also describes our apps as ‘the perfect solution’ for engaging ‘hard to reach’ parents.

Read the full ‘Communicating with Parents’ article by clicking here or get in touch with us to find out how you can get a free trial of your own Piota school app.

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Piota Helps School Teacher to Design Free SEN App

Piota has recently helped SEN school teacher, Kierran Pearce, to develop an app that strives to break down misconceptions about disabilities within the local community and help to build relationships between mainstream and special needs schools. Market Field School based in Elmstead Market, North Essex, will be the first to use the new Multi-Schools Council app.

Piota are pleased to be a part of this fantastic project and look forward to seeing the positive results of the Multi-Schools Council app.

Click here to read more.