The Telecare, Telehealth and TECS Hub for Health and Care Professionals, Service Users and Carers
UKTelehealthcare is the independent and impartial membership organisation for Telecare and Telehealth professionals, service providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Registered Social Landlords, suppliers and organisations with a related professional interest.
Our supply members include most of the UK companies which market the equipment monitoring the safety and well-being of the public, and our provider members include a large number of local authorities as well as private providers. We are dedicated to raising the profile of telecare and telehealth services by making people know how telehealthcare products can transform their lives.
Our mission is to support health and care professionals and suppliers to deliver the widest choice and range of appropriate Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) to patients, service users and their carers, and to raise awareness and encourage the use of technology.
What is Telecare, Telehealth and TECS?
View our web pages using the links below for an explanation of the terminology used and further information.
Please note our Suppliers’ and Providers’ Forums on the 20th and 21st February have been postponed. New date to be advised.
Keep Up To Date With The Digital Switchover!
Visit our new All IP page under the NEWS tab to read about the latest updates from BT, Virgin and other providers on the digital switchover.
Latest December 2019 updates available from BT on how their IP plans will affect telecare users and ARCS.
Could all ARCS please provide their incoming telephone numbers – see our All IP page for further details.
If you are a member and have a user account you will also be able to access the new All IP Posts and read and respond to new posts.
Next Upcoming Event
Naidex is Europe’s most established event dedicated to the future of healthcare and independent living. The show is back for its 46th anniversary on the 17th & 18th of March 2020 at Birmingham’s NEC. Register for free tickets at www.naidex.co.uk.
Read more about Naidex under Events.
UKTelehealthcare Represent Members at Two Parliamentary Events in 2020.
The UKTelehealthcare management team have begun the New Year by representing both suppliers and provider members at two Parliamentary events in Westminster.
On the 15th January we attended the Policy Connect Health Group meeting at the House of Commons on the Ageing Society: Beyond Medicalisation in the Future of Ageing which was chaired by Lord Michael Bichard. The expert panel included Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow in Social Care, The Kings Fund Dr Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Better Ageing, Dr Lorraine Morley, Age Tech Accelerator, UK Lead Professor Judith Phillips, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Baroness Masham.
UKTelehealthcare members also attending the event included Centra, Welbeing, Doro and Possum.
The outcomes from this event will be published on our website once we have received them from our colleagues at Policy Connect. UKTelehealthcare will continue to work with Policy Connect during the year on related initiatives in the digital health care space, including representing our members on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology (APPGAT).
You can find further information regarding this APPG at https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/appgat/home .
On the 20th January Gerry Allmark UKTHC MD was invited to attend the European Knowledge Tree Group (EKTG) Symposium – The Value of the Silver Economy using the Gold of the Future which was chaired by Baroness Greengross at the House of Lords.
The Aim of the Symposium was to review the opportunities offered by options put forward by AAL Forum Solutions, the EU Blueprint, UK Government, Healthy Ageing, as recently debated by the HoL Science and Technology Committee. The Symposium also reviewed associated topics raised in earlier EKTG events; to innovate a system to support better awareness of the need to improve education and understanding of how technology can assist for a healthier population, and to identify support from others outside EKTG for this.
The Symposium heard presentations from EKTG members from Switzerland, Germany, UK, Ireland and the Netherlands with commercial input from Fujitsu, Agile Homes and Docobo. There was also a presentation from Lisa Cameron MP who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability.
Alan Willis (EKTG Leadership Group) asked delegates to consider the following actions:
- What can you undertake – to further the awareness of eHealth services within your environment?
- Summarize issues and possible actions – for your colleagues, policy makers, and others, that will act as a basis for action at both national and individual levels?
- Support formal education and knowledge – for policy makers, professionals, industry, users and their families?
- Identify at least two actions that you can take to go to the EKTG Board meeting on the 7th February 2020
UKTHC have also been requested to provide further input to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability by Lisa Cameron MP.
MyLiferaft included in Global Digital Health 100. See News for more details.
Members MyLiferaft awarded Best Digital Personal Healthcare App. More details on News.
Appello acquires Medvivo’s Careline business. See our News page for further details.
Read about the Guiness partnership intiative with Appello digital telecare on News.
Appello wins top award for contact centre technology. Read more on News.
Appello acquires RedAssure. More details on News.
John Cruickshank would like to thank all of our members who participated in the production of the SOCITM review of the care technology market within social care. Read more on News about the review and the report produced.
Members’ Events Coming Up
Please visit our Events page for further details.
20th February 2020 – Suppliers’ Forum, Barnet & Southgate College, Cancelled
21st February 2020 – Providers’ Forum, Barnet & Southgate College, Cancelled
17th-18th March 2020 – Naidex, NEC Birmingham
24th-25th June 2020 – HealthPlusCare Show, ExCeL London
15th-16th September 2020 – Home Care Expo, ExCeL London
Several MarketPlaces are currently being planned for next year. If you would like us to hold an event in your area please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get the Answers from your Professional Network!
Members – Why not use our blogging facility to post questions, talk about your products or discuss issues in our General, All IP or Technical Forums? See one member’s comments below.
“I have to say, this is my 1st time utilising the service (I have commented before, but not posted a question) and the response has been fantastic. The customer’s son ended up purchasing a device that was recommended by a forum member.”
John Patterson (Assistive Technology Co-ordinator) London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
All you need is a member’s web account. If you don’t have one email email@example.com.