In the process of working on Telling the TEC Story we encountered many examples of best practice – how services were being redesigned around a person’s needs, a willingness to try new approaches or adapt existing systems to better fit communities.
The case studies below tie in with the media coverage we’ve secured but go in to more detail and give a chance to also see things from another perspective – that of the service providers, commissioners and carers providing the solutions as well as the individuals themselves.
Everything from e-consultations to video GP appointments will soon become the norm in Sunderland thanks to a joint vision for digital transformation between health, social care and other agencies. It's enabling TEC to become embedded.
As chief executive of TSA, Alyson Scurfield’s job is telling people about the power of technology enabled care. But recently, she experienced this impact herself. Alyson’s dad has dementia and her family have been using technology to keep him out of hospital and residential care.
Earlier this year, The Community Housing Group changed how its supported living and extra care housing operates. The Group’s telecare service now manages these homes, alongside its care and support service; a move that puts technology and prevention at the heart of provision for vulnerable tenants.
Kay Smith is terminally ill. She has an autoimmune disease and is severely allergic to the medication that would cure her. For nearly two decades she has been battling chronic pain with little relief but recently she tried a virtual reality headset and it’s changed her life.
Across the UK, prison populations are ageing, and greater demands are being put on the health and care teams looking after frail prisoners. In Lancashire, HMP Wymott is tackling the problem head on by becoming the first UK prison to put telecare in cells, and the results are striking.