As well as working with the media to promote telehealthcare successes, we also champion the cause with Government, academics, charities and key influencers.
We have also formed strategic partnerships with organisations who provide complementary products and services, and you can find out more about some of them here.
Carers UK is the voice of the UK's 6 million carers. Carers UK is fighting to raise awareness of the true value of carers' contribution to society and to ensure they receive the practical, financial and emotional support they need.
Working together, we promote telecare and telehealth solutions as a source of support for carers. Carers UK have produced a briefing document on telecare which highlights how new technology is improving many carers' lives by giving them, and the people they care for, greater independence.
Tunstall Healthcare is supporting the 3millionlives campaign, which aims to transform the lives of three million people living with long term conditions or social care needs by utilising telehealth and telecare within health and social care services.
The initiative, which was launched by the Minister of State for Care Services, Paul Burstow MP, will enable millions of people to receive the significant benefits derived from a recently completed telehealth and telecare pilot, known as the Whole Systems Demonstrator (WSD) programme. The Department of Health (DH) has signed a Concordat with the four trade associations representing the telehealth and telecare industry, and many businesses including Tunstall have also committed to working together to implement services at scale.
The Minister said:
This new approach is set to improve the quality of care for three million people, increase their independence and dignity as well as reduce the time they spend in hospital. It is only by the telehealth and telecare industry working together with the Department of Health and other stakeholders, that this will be possible.
The DH, NHS, social care and housing stakeholders together with industry are collaborating to formulate the most efficient and effective ways to implement telehealth and telecarecare services at scale and to put these services at the heart of care pathways. By simplifying procurement and commissioning processes together we aim to fulfil this challenge over the next five years.
The 3millionlives website is now live, and anyone interested in finding out more or becoming involved can find details at www.3millionlives.co.uk.
To find out more about WSD visit www.tunstallwsd.co.uk
Tunstall Healthcare has been awarded a framework agreement for the supply of telecare, telehealth and telecoaching equipment and services to local authorities and NHS organisations. The new framework agreement was awarded by Governement Procurement Service, the national procurement partner for all UK public services and part of the Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office.
The agreement replaces the previous telecare framework agreement from NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA), providing a simplified procurement process that meets the European legislative requirements of public sector organisations with nationally negotiated pricing and pre-agreed terms and conditions. It also gives access to an electronic catalogue of telecare and telehealth solutions, and removes the need for separate tendering or procurement arrangements saving time and offering best value.
Tunstall Healthcare is one of only six organisations that have received the award to supply products and services within all six Lots of the framework agreement including, Telecare Products, Telecare Services, Telehealth Products, Telehealth Services, Telecoaching Products and Services and Managed Services.
For more information, contact your account manager, call our help desk on 01977 660479 or visit http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/
CommonWell is an EU project which aims to support independent living and improve the quality of life for older people and those with long-term conditions, by promoting better quality and more economically efficient solutions for the provision of integrated health and social services.
12 partners are cooperating in the project, with Tunstall Healthcare leading the technical work, supported financially by the European Commission and coordinated by European consultants Empirica. A total of 400 users across four locations in Europe received the newly integrated services for a minimum of twelve months and the project is currently being evaluated.
In Milton Keynes, the Council’s telecare service working in partnership with Tunstall, Milton Keynes Foundation Trust Hospital and Community Nursing Service, provided more than 100 with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patients with telehealthcare equipment in their homes. The new project means that, for the first time, the same monitoring centre was able to receive alerts and information from telecare and telehealth equipment, allowing both sets of data to be viewed together.
Results show hospital admissions and GP visits were reduced and 79% of users experienced major benefits, including included increased control/self-management and a more active daily life.
The CommonWell project is part funded by the EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme.
What is the Continua Health Alliance?
Tunstall is the only UK founder member of the Continua Health Alliance. Continua is a non-profit, open industry alliance of the finest healthcare and technology companies in the world, who have joined together to improve the quality of personal healthcare.
The Continua Health Alliance Mission
"Our Mission is to establish an eco-system of interoperable personal telehealth systems that empower people & organisations to better manage their health and wellness"
Who are the members?
Continua was announced on 6 June 2006 in San Francisco, with 22 founding members including Cisco Systems, GE, IBM, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, Medtronic, Motorola, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung, Sharp, Welch Allyn and Tunstall.
The alliance now has over 100 members, who are working together globally to establish interoperability standards for personal health products and services, to enable new models of healthcare for people worldwide.
How will the Continua Health Alliance help me?
Richard Foggie of the Department of Trade and Industry's electronics and IT services unit said:
Continua will play a key role in accelerating the development of scalable, cost-effective solutions for the care of older people and those with long-term conditions. The UK is pioneering the use of telecare and telehealth solutions on a large scale, through initiatives including the Government's £80M Preventative Technologies Grant. As Tunstall is the UK and world leader in telecare, I believe its contribution to the Alliance will be particularly important in terms of market experience, developing interoperability and reducing the overall costs of these solutions.
For more information please visit www.continuaalliance.org/
Counsel and Care is the national charity working with older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support. They provide personalised, in-depth advice and information, which informs their research and campaigning work. For over 50 years Counsel and Care has been working to make sure that everyone who comes to them for advice and information receives the support that they are entitled to.
Tunstall is working with Counsel and Care to promote the benefits of telecare and telehealth to its members, focusing on a range of awareness raising activities to ensure older people and their families and carers are aware of the support telehealthcare can offer.
Visit the site at www.counselandcare.org.uk/
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, and in the UK is at the heart of healthcare, creating innovative sustainable solutions for the issues that matter. Together, Tunstall Healthcare and Ernst & Young have developed an approach embedding telehealthcare into care pathway redesign which is patient centric and clinically engaging.
Our approach begins with detailed and structured stakeholder engagement, which brings GPs, nurses, consultants and patients on a service improvement journey focused on improving the patient experience and delivering cost effective healthcare in the community.
Tunstall Healthcare and Ernst & Young are working with a number of Primary Care Organisations including NHS North Yorkshire and York and NHS Gloucestershire, using technology as an enabler to release capacity in the health economy.
For more information on Ernst & Young, visit www.ey.com
Geonovo is a UK based technology company providing lone worker and telecare personal safety solutions to its worldwide customer base using its own innovative mobile, GPS (Global Positioning System) and location-based technologies.
With a combination of highly sensitive GPS, GSM communications and an unmatched assortment of personal safety features, Geonovo's Romad RSP-100 handset can address all the requirements of both lone worker and telecare users. Weighing in at just 62.5g with battery, it is a small, discreet and lightweight personal safety phone which can be worn on a lanyard, placed on a belt holder or clipped into the specially designed badge holder. Simple over the air commands are used to configure the device, providing 4 pre-programmable speed dial numbers and a rugged SOS alert button.
Currently Geonovo has around 30,000 end users supported directly and through an international network of partners and distributors. While the UK is a significant focus for Geonovo, over 40% of sales are overseas with Spain and South Africa as the largest markets.
Research and development is led from UK and split between UK and Seoul, South Korea. Our Korean engineers are responsible for electronic and industrial engineering and overseeing manufacturing of the Romad handset, while platform software design and development is carried out by the UK team.
Hft is a national charity, providing local support services for people with learning disabilities throughout England, helping to empower individuals to make their own decisions about how they live their lives.
We’re committed to working in partnership with the people we support, their families and carers, health professionals, and other providers to develop effective, highly personalised services to suit individual needs, whether it's for just a couple of hours a week, or 24 hours a day.
We believe technology has a crucial role to play in empowering individuals and enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities and their carers. Telecare has the potential to offer real alternatives to traditional models of care for people with learning disabilities and we will continue to use it appropriately to help the people we support live their lives in the way they choose.
For more information on how Hft is using personalised technology and a tour of their virtual smart house please visist www.hftsmarthouse.org.uk
Established in 1996, Health Intelligence Ltd is a leading provider of advanced information management solutions for health organisations in the UK, helping them provide effective care and support to people with long-term conditions. Health Intelligence’s information analytics services are all population based, ensuring all patients or clients who would benefit from an intervention are readily identified and this enables us to: improve diagnosis; illuminate gaps in care; identify opportunities for efficiency; and reduce risk, for example, identify safety issues with GP Prescribing.
Health Intelligence’s risk stratification services are integral to Tunstall’s LifeCare proposition, a fully managed service which enables telehealthcare to be delivered at scale. Identifying the most appropriate patients for whom intervention is appropriate is a vital part of delivering an effective telehealthcare service, and Health Intelligence’s unique case finding module ensures providers have a robust, end-to-end referral process.
The Tunstall’s LifeCare solution, including risk stratification, follows a rigorous, proven process, working collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to couple wide-scale delivery with tailored service user support, thereby providing a fast track to delivering operational benefits for commissioners, service providers and users alike.
For more information on Health Intelligence please visit www.health-intelligence.com
INDEPENDENT is a European pilot project that brings together twenty partner organisations across six European Member States. Jointly, they have set up an ambitious work programme which aims at better capitalising on information and communications technology (ICT) when it comes to supporting older people in their communities. The ultimate goal is to empower older people to maintain their independence.
A particular focus is on enabling, with help of technology, a better joining-up of social and health care services as they currently exist. There is also emphasis on strengthening the participation of the so called “third sector,” family carers and voluntary community workers who would otherwise not be in the usual information sharing loop.
Improving client outcomes whilst saving money in domiciliary care.
Tunstall Healthcare Group and Mears Group have entered into a partnership agreement to embed telecare services into Mears domiciliary care services and to jointly promote this proposition to Public Sector commissioners. This innovative model will provide an integrated commissioning model which incorporates housing, telecare, care and repair.
Two key objectives can be achieved by using Tunstall telecare as an integral part of Mears service delivery model:
Simon Arnold, Managing Director, Tunstall Healthcare said:
It is very refreshing to have this injection of new ideas and innovation in the sector and we are delighted to be partnering with Mears to offer this integrated service to commissioners and service users. It will simplify the whole process of receiving care and support services in the home and with the introduction of Telecare, it offers a much more cost effective service which is focussed on improving client outcomes, preventing the need for more intensive interventions.
Model for Optimising Scaleable Telehealthcare
This project tackles a major healthcare challenge, namely the overwhelming need for alternative and more affordable models of care delivery in managing long term conditions. It is understood that care can often be provided more effectively closer to a patient's normal environment. It is also recognised that technology is a necessary enabler for change, particularly where: new models include care at a distance; where sustainable delivery needs the repeatibility and auditability characteristic of software implementation; and where technology can encourage people to take responsibility for managing their own health.
As part of the Technology Strategy Board's Assisted Living: Economic and Business Models and Social & Behavioural Studies competition, the partnership consists of Tunstall Healthcare (project lead), Ernst & Young LLP, NHS North Yorkshire and York and Nuffield Trust.
NHS North Yorkshire and York is actively engaged with Tunstall to deliver intelligent combinations of care pathway and service redesign, technology integration and structured engagement with all relevant stakeholders. This work delivers at large-scale, but is tailored to the immediate needs of North Yorkshire and selected groups of service users.
The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) is a not for distributed profit making and non political membership organisation. Full membership is drawn from Local Authorities, ALMOs, Registered Providers and other organisations involved in housing, from across the three Northern regions of the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humberside.
Northern Housing Consortium's primary role is to support and represent their members, who, between them, are responsible for 86% of social housing in the North. They do this through the provision of a range of products and services aimed at ensuring that the interests of the North are fully consulted, represented and served at sub-regional, regional and national level.
Operating on a national level, Consortium Procurement is the commercial services team of the Northern Housing Consortium, responsible for the development and delivery of business solutions to meet the needs of its membership. These solutions are compliant collaborative framework agreements, let under the European Union Procurement Directive, and accessible by any current or future Consortium member organisation.
In partnership with Tunstall, Consortium Procurement is able to offer an OJEU compliant assistive technology framework which allows members to interact with their selected partner(s) without the need for further competition, saving you valuable resources such as time and money.
For further information on how Consortium Procurement can help you with the delivery of assistive technology please contact a member of the Business Development team on (0191) 566 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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For over 20 years PA Consulting Group (PA) has been involved in redesigning and implementing new health services, working with central government on delivering effective new policies and with providers and commissioners to improve front-line delivery of services.
PA has been working with Tunstall Healthcare to design and develop a benefits driven approach for the implementation of telehealthcare. This focuses on delivering improved clinical outcomes, improved levels of service delivery and financial savings, by creating the right environment for transformation using telehealthcare as a mechanism.
Tunstall Healthcare and PA are working with a number of Primary Care Organisations in the UK including Bexley Care Trust, deploying telehealthcare at appropriate touchpoints in the care pathway to improve the quality of care to patients with long term conditions whilst keeping control of financial spend.
For more information about PA visit paconsulting.com
Virtex is a partnership between Tunstall, Fold Housing Association, Housing 21, DigiTV and the University of Sheffield which will deliver an innovative research project to develop a Virtual Extra Care Service (VIRTEx) within local communities.
Following successful funding from the Government's Technology Strategy Board as part of the Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP), the project will address the challenges created by an ageing population and the growing number of people with long-term conditions.
The aim of the VIRTEx project is to build a virtual community of connected carers and cared-for, to deliver flexible community-based care, preserve social inclusion and maintain a healthier lifestyle and independent living by encouraging change in behaviour.
According to Melinda Phillips, Chief Executive of Housing 21:
Social isolation can often lead to a decline in health amongst older people, so by keeping service users in contact with other people as well as health and social care providers, the virtual extra care scheme will play an important part in keeping people active and in encouraging social interaction.
Kevin McSorley, Director of Telecare for Fold Housing said:
The extra care model has proven highly successful in providing round-the-clock care and support to older people, promoting a healthier lifestyle and ensuring they are able to play an active role in the community. Extending this model into the wider community will help to meet the growing demand for more independent living from older people and those with long-term conditions.
Steve Sadler Group Technical Director at Tunstall added:
A new generation of telehealthcare technology will allow us to create a connected community, providing access to health and social care services that flex across traditional boundaries and contribute to social inclusion through innovative information services.