Tunstall Healthcare, the leading provider of telehealth and telecare solutions, will be highlighting results from some of its key telehealthcare programmes at this year’s National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCASC) in Harrogate.
At the event delegates will have an opportunity to learn more about Tunstall’s latest telehealth and telecare projects including Blackburn with Darwen, Hertfordshire and Birmingham City Council, which have transformed care delivery for older and vulnerable people, resulting in reductions in hospital and residential care admissions, cost savings and improved outcomes for service users.
Other projects that will be highlighted at the show include Hillingdon Council’s telecare and reablement service, and the Transformation of Residential Care Homes (TORCH) programme run by Real Life Options, a national organisation devoted to supporting people with learning disabilities.
Hillingdon telecare and reablement: a new approach to social care
As part of an initiative to improve preventative services for older residents, Hillingdon Council’s Adult and Social Care team is working in partnership with Tunstall and NHS Hillingdon to develop a new model of care which mainstreams telecare and reablement services as part of a new adult social care pathway. The model of care is expected to support 3,000 people by the end of 2014/15, reducing entry into residential care and supporting confidence during the reablement process.
Since the start of the programme nearly 2,500 people have been supplied with telecare as a means of supporting reablement. The service is on course to contribute to the Adult Social Care savings target of £8.5m, with net savings of over £4.7m already made. One of the key indicators of the effectiveness of the programme has been demonstrated through the number of new long-term placements, which have halved to less than 4 per week. This represents the lowest number of older people in residential placement in six years, and has resulted in savings of £2.9m.
Real Life Options – Transformation of Residential Care Homes (TORCH)
Real Life Options (RLO) is the national organisation devoted to providing support for people with learning disabilities. It recently embarked on a two-year project, TORCH, in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Birmingham University, Tunstall Healthcare and Helen Sanderson Associates, to assess how taking a truly person-centred approach to care and support enabled by telecare can improve the lives of people with learning disabilities, and support the sustainability of long-term service delivery.
TORCH aims to provide greater choice, control and independence through the introduction of telecare, delivering financial savings to ensure long-term viability of service provision. To date, telecare has been installed in twelve locations to support 87 people, and the technology has been embraced by staff and users alike. Ultimately, the aim is to create a model that can be replicated not just by RLO, but by other organisations in the future and create a legacy that will include a nationally recognised accreditation.
Chris Dodd, Strategic Development Director at Tunstall said:
We continue to work in partnership with some of the UK’s largest charities, housing organisations and health and social care services in local authorities, as part of a continuing effort to mainstream telehealthcare on a national scale. Attending events such as NCASC provides us with an opportunity to share our successes with key decision makers in the public and private sector, and enables them to see the applications and benefits of telehealth and telecare as a means of transforming care delivery.