West Midlands Regional Telecare Support – new report launched
Whilst the debate about the benefits of telecare and telehealth shows no signs of reaching consensus, Government policy remains committed to innovative technologies in health and social care, with successive national programmes aimed at increasing uptake. The Care Bill before Parliament requires a focus on wellbeing within a system that prevents delays and reduces the need for ongoing care, and demands closer integration between social care, health and health-related services. Telecare and telehealth play to both of these policy imperatives.
The West Midlands Regional Telehealthcare Network is using assistive technology to drive closer integration between health and social care and to help people to remain independent in their own homes for longer so that demand pressures can be managed. ADASS West Midlands has been keen to ensure that the excellent progress seen within the region is maintained and has commissioned an investigation of better awareness – amongst health and social care professionals, service providers and those who use health and care services – of the potential that telecare and telehealth offers.
The report makes a number of recommendations aimed at increasing the demand and use of telecare and telehealth services, based around the expected features and capabilities. The starting point is an assessment of local arrangements against these capabilities in order to identify where local improvement might be necessary.
For more information please contact Paul Johnston, Director, Impact Change Solutions Ltd.