What is the telemedicine in care homes project?
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) already had plans to implement a 24/7 telemedicine service starting in summer 2020 to approx. 78 care and nursing homes in Mid and North Hampshire over a two-year period. The evidence coming from the pilot would then be used to develop a business case to roll out to all homes in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The aim of the HHFT telemedicine service is to triage deteriorating patients using tools such as ReSPECT and RESTORE2TM to reduce the number of ED attendances and subsequent admissions.
COVID-19 has sped up the launch of this service and Wessex AHSN was asked to help prepare training materials and train care home staff in this initial cohort of 78 homes as required.
What are the outputs of the project?
In collaboration with HHFT and West Hampshire CCG, a training pack and associated communication materials were developed and delivered. These resources can be downloaded from our webpage below and accessed via https://westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/telemedicine-for-care-homes/
The project team are now working on a broader strategic scoping and implementation guide for telemedicine for care homes. The operational guide has been developed for STP and CCG leads for use across Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset as well as supporting comparative services being developed in the Wessex geography as well as nationally.
Work on Phase 2 of the approach has commenced, with South West Hampshire working towards a July go-live and Southampton in autumn 2020. The team continues to support the project group.
I'm interested in finding out more about telemedicine approaches. Where can I learn more?
The Wessex AHSN and Health Innovation Network are hosting an information sharing event on Thursday 16th July 2-3.30 pm, showcasing the innovative telemedicine approaches in delivering care remotely from across the national Healthy Ageing AHSN Network.
The event will be held via a Zoom platform and will require you to register via the Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/telemedicine-webinar-information-sharing-event-tickets-110091612978 - book today to secure a place.
Colleagues from Bradford, Croydon and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and West Hampshire CCG will present their exciting new approaches, providing insight to ingredients for success as well as the challenges, the impact of their approach and lessons learned.