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TSA appoints new chair and new president

Posted on 17 Jul, 2017

TSA has made two senior appointments. Paul Shead has succeeded Andrew Gardner as Chair of TSA and Paul Burstow has been appointed as President of TSA.

Paul Burstow – TSA President

The former Minister of State for Care Services brings a wealth of experience around the health and social care landscape, connecting TSA into strategic conversations with key players in central and local government, NHS, social care and housing.

Paul will work alongside TSA to support the technology enabled care sector to grow and prepare for the future world of care and health technology.

‘Technology enabled care works best when it helps people have a better quality of life, stay in their own homes and maintain a connection with their families and communities,’ he says.

‘TSA plays an important role as an enabler of great care including support for the elderly and people with mental health conditions and is increasingly supporting wellbeing across the population at large.

‘My role is to help TSA punch above its weight and achieve greater influence with central government, communities, local authorities and the NHS.’

Paul Burstow is a health and care thought leader. He was a Liberal Democrat Care Services Minister between 2010 and 2012 and MP for Sutton and Cheam between 1997 and 2015. As well as advising TSA, he currently chairs the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust and is professor of health & social care at City University, London.

Paul Shead – TSA Chair

Paul has worked closely with TSA and its membership since the organisation’s inception, and has been on TSA’s board of directors since May 2012. He will chair the board for the next 12 months, working to develop strategy, monitor performance and extend the organisation’s sphere of influence.

Currently Managing Director of Verklizan, which supplies the UMO telecare and telehealth monitoring platform to housing associations, local authorities and private companies in the UK, Paul’s experience of the telecare industry spans more than 20 years.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Shead, Chair of TSA, said:

‘Social care and health are facing unprecedented pressures. The need to effectively commission, procure and quality-assure technology enabled care has never been greater. The shift of analogue to digital also presents huge opportunities and risks. The fast-changing pace of TEC means that a new audience of digital health companies is springing up alongside more traditional telecare organisations. I’m keen to ensure that TSA can support and inspire every part of the UK’s diverse technology enabled care sector.”

‘I look forward to working alongside the TSA Board, Chief Executive, President and staff to ensure that we respond effectively to challenges, make the case for TEC and work to shape future policy. We must provide our growing and diverse membership with the knowledge, intelligence and ideas to sell their products and take the sector forward.’

TSA Chief Executive Alyson Scurfield said:

‘On behalf of TSA staff and board members I would like to thank our previous Chair Andrew Gardner for his huge contribution to TSA’s strategic focus, industry profile and continued emphasis on driving up quality. Paul Shead has been a crucial part of that process, bringing decades of experience and insight as a Non-Executive Director. I am delighted that he will now take the reins and continue to work alongside our other highly experienced, dedicated staff, President and board members as we continue to build our influence, impact and reputation.’

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