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Widespread evidence of efficiency and quality of life gains exist today – the benefits are undeniable. Telehealthcare can dramatically improve the lives of people as well as their carers and is an enabler for re-engineering of health and social care provision whilst creating an integrated healthcare pathway. Here are some examples.

Good Governance Institute - Innovations In Care

This collaborative white paper from the Good Governance Institute (GGI) and Care England, explores innovations in residential and home care. “Innovations in Care” aims to inform debate around the future of care services across the UK, and comes in the context of the Burstow Commission’s “Key to Care” report.

The paper covers three key areas of care: accommodation and facilities, commissioning and strategic organisation, and the delivery of care itself. In order understand why some health and social care organisations have been more receptive to innovations than others, the paper outlines some of the key barriers to innovations and suggests ways in which these can be overcome.

The idea and much of the content of this paper originated from a roundtable discussion facilitated at GGI’s Clinical Advisory Group (CAG). This group has been meeting regularly over several years to develop thinking about how health and social care organisations can rise to the challenges posed by demographic changes and new patterns of morbidity.

Telehealthcare solutions were a key focus of the group’s discussion informing this white paper, as were training and employment conditions, along with the need for broader systemic innovations and alternative commissioning models in social care.

Click here to download the full report.

AKTIVE - Advancing Knowledge of Telecare for Independence and Vitality in leter lifE.

Findings from AKTIVE study reveal previously unevaluated benefits of telecare.
The AKTIVE Working Papers include:
  • Researching Telecare Use using Everyday Life Analysis: introducing the AKTIVE Working Papers, Sue Yeandle Paper 1 
  • Frail Older People and their Networks of Support: how does telecare fit in? Sue Yeandle Paper 2  
  • Telecare and Older People’s Social Relations, Emma-Reetta Koivunen  Paper 3   
  • Coping with Change: frail bodies and daily activities in later life, Gary Fry  Paper 4   
  • Lifestyles in Later Life: identity, choice and stigma, Kate Hamblin Paper 5 
  • Risk, Freedom and Control in Older People’s Lives: the relevance of telecare Kate Hamblin Paper 6
  • Human Factors that Influence the Performance of the Telecare System, Pete Buckle Paper 7

Better care blog - the importance of evidence 

Joy Hollister, Children, Adults and Housing Group Director at London Borough of Havering, discusses evidencing in Havering in this Better care blog, produced in partnership with ADASS.

University of Salford Report | Telehealth - The effects on clinical outcomes, cost effectiveness and the patient experience: a systematic overview of the literature

Telehealth is seen as a way of improving access to patient care for long term conditions and there is a considerable volume of published literature available. This report provides an overview of the best available evidence by summarising recent systematic reviews. It was found that there is more evidence for some conditions than others, but on the whole the trends are largely positive suggesting that telehealth is effective in:

  • Reducing patient mortality and hospital admissions for chronic heart failure
  • Reducing hospital admissions for COPD
  • Reducing blood pressure in hypertension
  • Improving glycaemic control in diabetes
  • Reducing symptoms in asthma

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CIH Delivering housing, health and care outcomes

The report by CIH and Tunstall Healthcare addresses how redesigned housing solutions can improve health and wellbeing, with particular emphasis on the role of assistive technology.

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Housing LIN Role of Assisted Living Technology for Vulnerable Adults

The new report from Housing Learning Improvement Network (LIN), focuses on the role of assisted living technology in social housing for vulnerable adults.

The report, entitled ‘Supporting Vulnerable Adults:  the application of assistive living technology to support independence’, describes how technology can help support vulnerable people such as those with mental health issues, learning disabilities, those recovering from alcohol or substance misuse, and people fleeing domestic violence.

Click here to read the report.

Care and support at home: An audit of telecare services in England

This GGI report provides a number of recommendations aimed at Government and local authority officials about how telecare services and user outcomes can be improved. It is targeted at policy-makers, local authority councillors with an interest in adult social care, local authority directors of adult social services, and health and wellbeing board members. Its purpose is to encourage decision-makers to understand the current provision of telecare services in England and how services can be improved for the future.

Click here to read the summary report

Carers and telecare

New research from Carers UK has shown that, despite huge potential benefits of using telecare and telehealth, families caring for ill, frail and disabled loved ones are still facing barriers to accessing the services.

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Housing LIN Role of Assisted Living Technology for Older People Living in General Needs Housing

The report from Housing LIN focuses on the role of assisted living technology within general needs housing. The report is the second in a series of Board Assurance Prompts (BAPs) aimed at leaders and decision makers that are responsible for the management of general housing schemes.

The paper looks at the role of technology to support independence within general social housing for older people. It has been developed in partnership with Nigel Appleton of Contact Consulting and the GGI (Good Governance Institute).

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Housing LIN Role of Assisted Technology for Older People Living in Specialised Housing Report

A new report from Housing LIN, ‘Specialised housing for older people: The application of assisted living technology to support independence' looks at the role of technology within sheltered and supported housing schemes to assist older people.

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FACE Summary Report

This report describes the findings of a collaborative project evaluating the potential cost savings arising from the use of telecare.

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Telecare Development Programme Report

Between August 2006 and March 2011, the Scottish Government made £20.35 million available under the Telecare Development Programme (TDP) to drive the adoption of telecare by local social and health care service providers. This report shows how the funding delivered significant results including thousands of admissions to hospitals and residential care being avoided, and gross savings of approximately £78.6 million.

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GGI Documents

The Good Governance Institute has compiled a series of Board Assurance Prompts (BAPs) aimed at those involved in planning, commissioning and delivering health, housing and social care services.  The reports have been designed to give both practical and strategic support to organisations seeking to incorporate telecare and/or telehealth into their service offering in order to support the provision of excellent care and support.

Read the Reablement Board Assurance Prompt

Read the Managing Long Term Conditions Board Assurance Prompt

Read the Implementing Telehealth Services Board Assurance Prompt

Design to be read in conjunction with the Telehealth and Long Term Conditions BAPs above, this briefing document from Good Governance Institute aims contribute to the debate around one of the most promising opportunities that technology brings to healthcare - telehealth. Includes audit guide.

Read Better Care for People with Long Term Conditions: the Quality and Good Governance of Telehealth

Strategic Society

The Strategic Society Centre has published a new report, Telecare Ready: Creating a universal entitlement to telecare, as part of its Care Funding Futures work programme. The report calls on the Government to create a universal entitlement to telecare support.

The new report, supported by Tunstall, highlights the need for the implementation of a new strategic framework for telecare policy, which includes a clear and consistent national entitlement and assessment model for telecare, with funding independent from council decisions. It also calls for a telecare service that is free at the point of use, regardless of wealth, or applies some low-level weekly charges.

The full report can be downloaded here

IRISS Report

IRISS (Institute for Reesearch and Innovation in Social Services) has published a practice-oriented evidence summary on the subject of supporting unpaid carers through telecare.

Entitled, Supporting unpaid carers: the benefits of telecare, the summary forms part of the IRISS Insights series that has been developed to assist the social services workforce to readily access and use evidence to inform their practice.

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