Former care minister Paul Burstow has been appointed president of TSA. Professor Burstow, who has worked as a senior adviser with TSA for the past 18 months, will advise on policy and represent TSA with policymakers, key industry stakeholders and the media. He will play an active role in developing TSA’s strategic plan.
As care minister in David Cameron’s coalition government between 2010 and 2012, Paul had an extensive brief including mental health, care for the elderly and social care. He also supported the Department of Health’s 2008-2011 demonstrator project which revealed the huge potential of telecare and telehealth to promote independence and substantially reduce mortality, hospital admissions and the length of hospital stays.
In addition to his TSA presidency, Paul is currently professor of mental health policy at the University of Birmingham and chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
‘As a former minister with a huge interest in remodelling care, Paul is the perfect choice to become the ambassador for the sector. He will work with me, the board and staff as we lobby and campaign to raise the profile of the sector as a whole and TSA as the voice of the industry.’
‘With our NHS and social care system under such strain the need to harness technology has never been more vital. As president of TSA I'm passionate about the power of technology to remake our health and care devices, and I am determined that we put people first when devising and deploying the proactive and preventative care technology can enable.’