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  • RCGP Technology Enabled Care eLearning course stars Flo Hannah Mountford Assistant to the Director of Services and Community SSHC 15 June 2017  RCGP "Telehealth, Telemedicine and Telecare: an Introduction to 'TECS'"Technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, often improving our lives and becoming integral to how we conduct our day to day and professional lives.  A prime example of this is the development of the smartphone; given that we have embraced technology so fully in today’s world, it is vital that our healthcare services do so to maximise opportunities that it offers and bring healthcare into the world of how many patients operate their lives. This is where Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS), such as Flo come in using accessible and convenient methods in motivating ...
    Posted 15 Jun 2017, 03:57 by Philip O'Connell
  • Annie scoops 2017 FedHealthIT Innovation Award in DC We're delighted to share that after competing with the best US innovations from the Veterans Affairs, Military Health, Health and Human Services, and Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Annie, Flo's US #FloMania cousin has been recognised by FedHealthIT as one of the "top 25 Federal Health programmes"This ground breaking work by the US Veterans Health Administration was nominated by, and chosen as a top programme by their peers.   The top 25 awardees "stood out from the rest based on their willingness to take on achievable risk, and more importantly, to deliver real results in support of their mission."Congratulations to @neilcevans and all our colleagues at the VHA!
    Posted 9 Jun 2017, 06:23 by Philip O'Connell
  • Digital Sustainability at Spring 17 International Conferences 07 June 2017 Regularly shared at regional and national events; Members’ independent, ‘sustainability’ and clinical case studies describing application of the NHS's unique Simple Telehealth methodology and Florence to achieve significant and measurable results, often attracts recognition from respected international healthcare institutions. This spring, two of our Leading* Member organisations who’d already taken to the stage at international events in Orlando and New Zealand sharing their experience with Simple Telehealth and Flo, were again sharing their knowhow and experiences at the BMJ & IHI’s ‘International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare’ in London and the World Congress on Integrated Care’s ‘International Conference on Integrated Care’ in Dublin.With lively interest in both talks, organisers arranged substantial ...
    Posted 8 Jun 2017, 00:39 by Hollie O'Connell
  • The Scotsman - NHS Lanarkshire reach CBT milestone with Flo We are proud to share that NHS Lanarkshire have been featured in an article by ‘The Scotsman’ Scotland’s national newspaper, for their continuous success using Florence.The article highlights how NHS Lanarkshire have supported and helped a milestone 1,000 patients who suffer with depression and anxiety, by enhancing their Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme ‘Beating the Blues’ with Flo. The animation ‘Fraser’ is also featured due to its help towards growing and spreading awareness of how Telehealth is allowing patients to be more confident and independent in their own healthcare.Read the full article; Lanarkshire patients supported by ‘Florence Nightingale’#Lanarkshire #CBT #eCBT #Scotland
    Posted 8 May 2017, 01:03 by Philip O'Connell
  • Sharing Success - NHS's Simple Telehealth National Conference 2017 The "Making Change Happen with Simple Telehealth and Florence" conference was held on 25th January 2017 at the North Stafford Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent and saw a day of collaboration and enthusiastic sharing of real world applications of the unique Simple Telehealth methodology.   The 100+ delegates from England, Scotland, Wales and Australia enjoyed a packed schedule of independent evidence backed case studies and evaluation delivered by 32 speakers in three streams, on topics ranging across Primary, Community and Secondary Care, Mental Health and Education."The conference was an overwhelmingly positive success!"Plenary speakers included;- Dr. Ruth Chambers OBE, NHS Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Chair & WMAHSN LTC Network Clinical Lead- Dr Dawn Moody, Associate National Clinical Director for Older People & Integrated ...
    Posted 30 Mar 2017, 01:59 by Hollie O'Connell
  • Diabetes - Journal of Nursing and Healthcare research article; Enhancing Adherence to Treatments We are excited to announce the publication of “Use of an Innovative Technology Enabled Care Service (Tecs) “Florence” to Empower Patients and Enhance Adherence to Treatments in Diabetes” in the Journal of Nursing and Healthcare, written by Parijat De, Susan Irwin, Jagjit Kaur and our own Karen Moore. This research article encapsulates how Flo is helping Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals in relation to blood pressure readings and medication in diabetic patients. The main objectives were to improve adherence of patients through regular encouragement and text reminders, thus engaging patients in their own health care, improving clinical productivity and demonstrating the cost effectiveness of using Tecs.The full article is available to read here: http://www.opastonline.com/wp-content ...
    Posted 3 Feb 2017, 06:36 by Philip O'Connell
  • Flo exemplars included in Scottish Government's TEC National Action Plan We're delighted that the Scottish Government's National Action Plan for Technology Enabled Care, "Supporting & Empowering Scotland's Citizens" includes evidence based exemplars of sustainable and scaleable use of Flo in Lanarkshire and Lothian.  The report highlights programmes of work led by Morag Hearty and Edinburgh University, focussing on hypertension and 'MasterMind' (computerised CBT), both of which show significant clinical results with Flo.  (See Scottish Network Event and new film launched) http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00507649.pdf "Home & Mobile Health MonitoringLanarkshire’s Rapid Improvement Study: Hypertension Monitoring in General Practice demonstrated that within 3 months 115 patients self monitored their Blood Pressure with result of saving 415 practice nurse / GPappointments. They concluded that for this ...
    Posted 21 Oct 2016, 06:00 by Philip O'Connell
  • Simple.uk.net - Evidence published by Lords Select Committee We're delighted at Simple Shared Healthcare to announce that our evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Long Term Sustainability of the NHS has been published on www.parliament.uk.  The submitted evidence overwhelmingly reflects the views of our Community of Practice members.View the evidence on the Select Committee website here or continue reading below."Simple Shared Healthcare Limited – Written evidence (NHS0104) I write on behalf of Simple Shared Healthcare Limited, a not-for-profit social enterprise, limited by guarantee and committed to improving the quality of self-care.Our interest cuts across the committee's  areas of interest as follows;Resourcing issues - productivity and demand management.Models of service delivery and integrationPrevention ...
    Posted 19 Oct 2016, 04:58 by Philip O'Connell
  • Scottish Network Event and new film launched NHS Lanarkshire Morag Hearty 27 September 2016 Scotland Network Event - HamiltonFlo + AsthmaNo Acute admissions since starting on FloNo A&E attendancesNo DNAs at RCNS clinicImproved engagement with specialist servicesThanks to everyone who attended the second Scottish Flo Network Event on Tuesday 27th September 2016 in Hamilton hosted by NHS Lanarkshire. Despite the weather over 100 delegates from across Scotland were inspired with presentations from Dr Sam Patel (Respiratory Consultant, NHS Lanarkshire), Dr Margaret Whoriskey (Head of Telehealth and Telecare Technology Enabled Care), Phil O'Connell (Chairman, Simple Shared Healthcare) and Dr Michael Ross and Chris Wright (Beating the Blues/Mastermind). Clinicians from NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Lanarkshire shared their use of Flo ...
    Posted 7 Oct 2016, 05:24 by Philip O'Connell
  • NHS Expo 2016 Invited to the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 at Manchester Central on 7th & 8th September by The AHSN Network we joined the AHSN Innovator Zone to showcase this unique, Simple Telehealth system with a Human Touch.  The Simple Shared Healthcare Team were out in force spreading the word about how the Simple Telehealth methodology can be used to enhance patient’s lives. The exhibition was hosted by NHS England to ‘embrace innovation’ and to see if 'technology can provide a better way of delivering the service’ the NHS currently supplies.  There were a wide variety of technologies and innovations represented, with many areas hosting talks and presentations and the exhibition was busy with delegates on both days. The ...
    Posted 13 Sep 2016, 04:23 by Philip O'Connell
  • CQC cite Flo as 'Outstanding' at Bay Medical Group Florence awarded another 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission. Cited as outstanding practice throughout the CQC report, Bay Medical Group, formally Coastal Medical Group are held up as an exemplar of best practice for the use of Flo with long term conditions."Patients at the practice with long term conditions could have their conditions both short and long term, monitored at arm’s length by enrolling on the practices ‘Florence’ system. This system allowed professional support to patients in their own home by means of a tele-health service. Patients added their information and sent the text which was paid for by the practice to a central hub where they were replied to following a strict guide set up ...
    Posted 18 Aug 2016, 06:33 by Philip O'Connell
  • Poor delivery of diabetes education fuelling devastating complications Poor delivery of life-changing education to people with diabetes is fuelling serious diabetes complications, premature deaths and unsustainable costs to the NHS, according to a new report published by Diabetes UK today (Wednesday 13th July). The charity’s State of the Nation report reveals that in 2014-2015 only 2 per cent of people newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and 6 per cent of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in England and Wales were recorded as attending a diabetes education course, that teaches how to effectively manage their condition. The figures are a huge course of concern Diabetes UK says the figures are a huge cause of concern as diabetes that is poorly managed increases people ...
    Posted 13 Jul 2016, 04:23 by Philip O'Connell
  • Digital Healthcare: the essential guide "Commission for outcomes, not for technology" Jayne Birch-Jones Dr Ruth Chambers OBE, Marc Schmid and  Jayne Birch-Jones have worked together to publish a mainly practical book incorporating genuine case studies, checklists, FAQs and other tools, providing insights into the world of Technology Enabled Care.  The book has something for everyone, from novice to seasoned veteran, explaining from the authors experience what can be achieved with telehealth, telecare, telemedicine and social media, and in the case of telehealth, how it has actually been done.We're delighted the authors1 have chosen to cite our own Simple Telehealth & Florence  and our work with the US Veterans Health Administration to create 'Annie' ( Flo's US cousin ) throughout the book.  T ...
    Posted 1 Jul 2016, 06:57 by Philip O'Connell
  • The AHSN Network - Flo is a hugely successful example of innovation MDs & CEOs of England's 15 AHSNs have chosen Flo as a 'hugely successful example of innovation' Katie Kay & Chris Pimlott of Pennie Care NHS FT showcasing work in the Greater Manchester AHSN area.Last week members were privileged to present their success stories with Flo at an NHS Confederation Conference plenary, showcasing their work alongside the national AHSN Network.   Katie, Chris, Sian Clark, Paul Marriott and Phil O'Connell represented AHSN areas covering the West Midlands, East Midlands, North East & Cumbria and Greater Manchester, relating how, working with AHSNs, NHS and industry, Flo had been deployed, developed and sustained, delivering real and award winning clinical outcome improvements.'resulting in a better experience and improved outcomes for patients and a ...
    Posted 24 Jun 2016, 02:22 by Philip O'Connell
  • California: Flo film scoops international film award The Health Foundation's multi-award winning Power of People film about Flo scoops the prestigious  International Independent Film Award; 'Short Documentary - Gold Winner'.  The compelling film has been screen thousands of times around the world highlighting the celebrated work of the Health Foundation's SHINE programme and the innovation exemplar of Simple Telehealth and Florence.Previous awards.
    Posted 23 Jun 2016, 07:44 by Philip O'Connell
  • Mental Health; ELFT wins prestigious Innovating for Improvement award East London NHS Foundation Trust Raguraman (Ram) Padmanabhan Telehealth Service Lead IMTAC-Directorate Lead-CHN-Adults 20 April 2016 A team from East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has been selected by The Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.The third round of the Innovating for Improvement programme is supporting twenty health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.The initiative from ELFT, The REFRAME project, aims to test the use of mobile technology health solutions for ...
    Posted 20 Apr 2016, 08:27 by Philip O'Connell
  • Self Care Educational Video Delivery via Flo to be Explored in Nottinghamshire Sian Clarke  Assistive Technology Innovation & Operational Manager   Nottinghamshire Assistive Technology Team 20 April 2016 Nottinghamshire Assistive Technology Team, led by Sian Clark and Dr Nigel Marshall as Clinical Executive are leading on a potentially exciting development to further enhance patient’s confidence to self care via Flo. Being used more commonly in our daily lives, access to short validated video has the potential to compliment Flo’s unique psychology, methods and techniques to enhance the delivery of supported shared management digitally. Following initial discussions, and having previously shown an interest in this enhanced model of care, Lisa Taylor approached the Nottinghamshire team to discuss working working with ‘Health and Care Videos’, a trading arm of Torbay and South Devon NHS ...
    Posted 20 Apr 2016, 04:33 by Philip O'Connell
  • Stay with the Flo: Improving retention rates in University Students Dr Elizabeth Boath Associate Professor in Health Staffordshire University 26 March 2016 Staffordshire University are leading the way in their application of Flo within a higher educational setting.  For the first time ever Flo has been translated for use in an academic environment as a means of helping students to feel more involved, equipped and supported, enhancing student retention rates.  The outcomes of use at Staffordshire University have recently been celebrated with Dr Elizabeth Boath, Associate Professor in Health at Staffordshire University presenting the research findings at The Higher Education Academy Transforming Teaching, Inspiring Learning Conference in Glasgow, in February 2016.The transition into University life can be a challenge for many students, as can going out on a first ...
    Posted 20 Apr 2016, 03:41 by Philip O'Connell
  • Showcasing Success - North East Simple Telehealth - Community    Rachael Forbister NHS Sunderland CCG  10 March 2016"Flo - Telehealth with a Human Touch" Flo Telehealth with a Human Touch regional event held in Sunderland was attended by nearly 100 people from across Public, Private and Voluntary sectors.   The event was funded by the North East & North Cumbria AHSN and The Health Foundation, and organised and hosted by Rachael Forbister, Sunderland CCG.   Kim Hinshaw, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Director of Research and Innovation at Sunderland City Hospitals Foundation trust was the ‘Master of Ceremonies’ keeping the day on track and pulling together the speakers and the audience.The day focused on showcasing the successes across the region in the adoption of Simple Telehealth.  The event also saw ...
    Posted 26 Mar 2016, 07:18 by Philip O'Connell
  • NHS Western Isles share the Flo experience in their 'Working with Florence' video (Diabetes & Heart Failure)  17 February 2015This "tell it as it is" video produced by NHS Western Isles, features Diabetes and Heart Failure patients Erin and Chris along with Lead Nurses Jane Macaulay and Debra Vickers discussing their experiences of working with Florence.  Western Isles NHS Medical Director Angus McKellar rounds up,  explaining that the experience in the Western Isles shows 'potential for patients to be looking after their health in a radically different way' with  emerging local evidence of  'real measurable improvements in individual patient care'.See the video."Western Isles leads the way in use of Flo text messaging to transform patient care". Iain Trayner, Diabetes Service Co-ordinator and Home Health Monitoring Programme Manager at NHS Western Isles, said: "We ...
    Posted 22 Feb 2016, 04:42 by Philip O'Connell
  • Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA) Test Bed NHS England - Test Bed 22 January 2016 We're absolutely delighted to be partnering with Philips et al in the successful NHS England LCIA Test Bed.The first wave of seven Test Beds were announced by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday 22 January 2016.  – which will see the NHS, including two New Care Model Vanguard sites, partner with Philips and a number of SMEs and social enterprises [us] to support the frail elderly and people with long term conditions to remain well outside of hospital and avoid unnecessary admissions.  They will test new approaches to identifying patients that can benefit from additional support and help them to self-care at ...
    Posted 31 Jan 2016, 05:33 by Philip O'Connell
  • Derbyshire diabetes team: National PEN award finalists Patient Experience Network "Re:thinking the experience"Specialist Diabetes Team Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust 22 January 2016Congratulations from us all at simple.uk.net to the Specialist Diabetes Team at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust in becoming finalists in the National Patient Experience Network (PEN) Awards in their Innovative Use of Technology/Social Media category for their implementation of Flo to support diabetes patients in Derbyshire.The PEN Awards is the first and only awards programme to recognise best practice in the experience of care across all facets of health and social care in the UK, celebrating the delivery of outstanding patient experience by those involved in the health and social care industry. The ...
    Posted 22 Jan 2016, 08:52 by Philip O'Connell
  • BJHM publish must-read paper for successful TECs implementation We are delighted to congratulate our own Lisa Taylor and Jayne Birch-Jones on the publication of "Implementing a Technology Enabled Care Service”  in the British Journal of Healthcare Management.  This peer reviewed journal article, made possible by the "AIM for Health" programme and wider successes in the Simple Telehealth Community makes essential reading for anyone with aspiration to achieve a successful TEC service implementationAvoiding the all-to-common hype and implausible claims surrounding TECs, this paper derived from observed best practice across a plethora of diverse implementations, identifies nine crucial areas vital to successful implementation. The Article contains many references and examples of good practice, providing a 'How to' guide applicable to the majority of TECs implementations.  Success ...
    Posted 25 Aug 2016, 05:35 by Hollie O'Connell
  • Notts clinicians scoop "Flo Awards" at action learning day Establishing a TECs Florence service as a business usual activity in Nottinghamshire, the innovative team run bi-annual "Action Learning" events.   This is a forum for teams to get together to inspire, innovate and share best practice as well as gaining recognition for exemplar case studies.  Well done to everyone from us all here at Simple!   To read more about the day, 'clinical champions', 'inspiring stories', 'thinking outside the box' & 'evaluation',  members can read the teams latest newsletter or for more information on "Action Learning" contact Sian.Clark@mansfieldandashfieldccg.nhs.uk
    Posted 25 Aug 2016, 05:36 by Hollie O'Connell
  • NHS Scotland CEO features Flo in Annual Report We couldn't have been more delighted for all of our members north of the border when we were pointed to Paul Gray's Annual Report for NHS Scotland.Technology Enabled Care is clearly up front and centre in Scotland and to be fair, it has been for some time.  However healthcare professionals and patients in Scotland are now enjoying the benefits that come from hard won knowledge and experience of knowing what works, what doesn't and whats likely to work in the field of Technology Enabled Care within their integrated healthcare environment.  Cutting through commercial hype and seeing through slick sales pitches, the Scottish world of TECs is powering ahead clearly focussed on scale, pace and most importantly ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2015, 05:41 by Philip O'Connell
  • Flo plays a key role in High Peak accountants retirement Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust "Our Voice" December 2015High Peak resident Chris is enjoying the peace of mind of having his own virtual diabetes nurse to keep a daily check on him. Chris, a retired chartered accountant, has been living with diabetes for 16 years and last month became one of the first to join our new FLO telemedicine scheme.FLO provides the benefit of knowing somebody is keeping a regular expert eye on his blood sugar readings and can head off any problems before they start. It involves taking a finger prick blood test once a day and then texting the reading to FLO’s automated system. FLO then flags up any readings which fall outside ...
    Posted 11 Dec 2015, 10:07 by Philip O'Connell
  • 'Outstanding' CQC rating for General Practice with Flo Well done and congratulations to Roundwood Surgery, Mansfield on the achievement of an 'Outstanding' CQC rating.  Here at simple.uk.net we're excited about Roundwood's achievement, where Flo is implemented alongside other innovative services as an option clinicians can consider for patients.  In their report the CQC cite the use of 'Flo' on pages 5, 7, 19, 20 and 26, demonstrating that pragmatic telehealth solutions can be successfully implemented in General Practice and even contribute to the attainment of an Outstanding CQC rating."The practice engaged proactively with the CCG, the local commissioning group and other external stakeholders. External engagement was used to drive improvement within the practice and the practice embraced change and innovation. For example, the ...
    Posted 18 Feb 2016, 05:32 by Philip O'Connell
  • Florence gets top award at Haelo Film Festival We're absolutely delighted that last night the newly released Power of People film about Flo, commissioned by The Health Foundation and produced by Lightbox won the 'Best Commission' and also went on to take the top award 'Film of the Year' at the Haelo Film Festival.Heartfelt congratulations go to The Health Foundation & Lightbox and also to those that made this possible, in-particular;The stars of the film; Josh, Alf and LaurenUnsung heroes behind the scenes; Lisa Taylor, Rachael Forbister and Sian ClarkAnd of course to Dr Ruth Chambers OBE, Stoke-on-Trent CCG and Mediaburst whose foundation work with Simple Telehealth & Florence made this possible. #HaeloFilmFestival 
    Posted 22 Feb 2016, 01:57 by Philip O'Connell
  • Flo stars in film preview at Sadler's Wells The evening of the 22nd October saw a first for 'telehealth'.  As part of the The Health Foundation's 'The Power of People' programme, The Health Foundation have commissioned 5 cinema class short films about practical, pragmatic (and low cost) methods of making a substantial difference to patients lives.  The Health Foundation cast the net wide and undertook a comprehensive analysis of possible subjects,  eventually settling on the 5 featured areas,  including Simple Telehealth/Florence.Lisa Taylor and I were privileged to witness the impact of the first screening of the 5 films on the mixed audience of patients, carers,  health professionals, academics, journalists et al.   The films are of outstanding quality and quickly struck a chord with the ...
    Posted 19 Nov 2015, 03:04 by Philip O'Connell
  • Age UK South Tyneside shortlisted for UK final of Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards Age UK South Tyneside has been selected from charities across North East as the regional winner of the Enterprising Collaboration. They received a prize of £1000 and will now compete against charities from across England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for six overall prizes which will be announced at the 2015 UK Final awards ceremony.The Charity Achievement Awards have been created to recognise the amazing, life changing work of small and medium sized charities. Age UK South Tyneside won the award for Enterprising Collaboration in the North East for its partnership work with NHS England (North East and Cumbria) for its innovative approach in using digital technology to transform the lives of older people by reducing ...
    Posted 21 Oct 2015, 04:00 by Philip O'Connell
  • GPs get interactive at Gloucester CCG AGM Yesterday, Gloucester CCG held their AGM at Cheltenham Racecourse. The Gloucester team put up a Simple Telehealth stand and spent the day with patients, nurses and GPs sharing news of the successful evaluation of the service. ‘Interactive’ was the order of the day as clinicians took it in turn to get hands on experience of the innovative applications developed in Gloucester. ‘Never seen Florence before?’ not not worry, as two minutes of self-training later GPs were actively using the system to sign up their colleagues as patients to share their experience.The event was a huge success and as far as Simple Telehealth and Florence are concerned the Gloucester team have set the AGM engagement bar.
    Posted 4 Sep 2015, 07:31 by Philip O'Connell
  • Future Healthcare Technology Conference On September 10th, The NHS North East Leadership Academy are putting on what looks to be a well planned and thought through conference at the Baltic Centre Gateshead.  I'll be speaking at the conference, but I'm looking forward to a full day of interesting and relevant content.   If you're a forward thinking NHS Leader in the North East, I'd book your place quickly. http://www.nelacademy.nhs.uk/event/future-healthcare-technology-conferenceDOWNLOADS (Membership Required)Conference Flyer
    Posted 25 Aug 2016, 05:39 by Hollie O'Connell
  • Musician’s life kept in harmony thanks to innovative text system NHS Lanarkshire have shared a recent press release focussing on a patient with COPD being supported by Flo via his respiratory nurses. John Stalker (54), from Hamilton has seen his COPD related admissions reduce from 11 to just 1 admission through his increased confidence and sense of regaining control of his condition enabled by Flo. For more information please contact Morag Hearty United4.HealthProject@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.ukDOWNLOADS (Membership Required)Press Release NHS Lanarkshire- COPD July 2015Lisa Taylor, July 2015#SCOTLAND
    Posted 25 Aug 2016, 05:40 by Hollie O'Connell
  • BMJ: Patient and Professional User Experiences of Simple Telehealth for Hypertension, Medication Reminders and Smoking Cessation: a Service Evaluation The recent (March 2015) publication from the Advice and Interactive messaging (AIM) project focussing on the use of Flo in primary care across 33 CCGs in England. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/3/e007270.full Lisa Taylor, July 2015
    Posted 30 Jul 2015, 09:00 by Philip O'Connell
  • Dr Phil Hammond has referenced Flo in his new book "Staying Alive - How to Get the Best from the NHS" Dr Hammond specifically details the story of Josh, a Nottinghamshire diabetic patient and the transformational impact since using Flo to support his condition.In his book Dr Hammond explores what we, as patients, can do for ourselves to live well. You may have also heard Dr Hammond referencing Flo on the BBC and BBC Radio 4 recently.http://drphilhammond.com/blog/2015/03/05/staying-alive/staying-alive/Lisa Taylor, April 2015
    Posted 30 Jul 2015, 09:02 by Philip O'Connell
  • Flo as an Interactive Information Tool: 2nd Annual Conference of the Psychological Professions Network The use of Flo as an interactive information tool was demonstrated at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Psychological Professions Network on 4th March 2015 in Bolton.Katie Kay, Project Manager and Chris Pimlott, Service Manager, Healthy Minds Tameside and Glossop presented their award-winning integration of Flo within their service as an interactive information tool aimed at improving outcomes and reducing non-attendance.More information on the service and how Flo has integrated into the existing pathways is available via the link below including the recent poster presentation:DOWNLOADS (Membership Required)FLO Poster Presentation Tameside and Glossop For more information please contact katiekay@nhs.net Lisa Taylor, March 2015
    Posted 25 Aug 2016, 05:43 by Hollie O'Connell
  • Research Paper: Self-Management: Keeping it Simple with “Flo” An excellent paper has been published describing the role of Flo in supporting patient self-management. The paper encourages the reader to reflect on their approach to home and community monitoring of patients, encouraging better self-management, and for clinical staff to consider how and where Flo could support patient groups in line with national protocolsThe paper, written by Cund A, Birch-Jones JL, Kay M, Connolly P in conjunction with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, describes the role of self management in delivering today's healthcare and how the integration of Flo can support patients and deliver better clinical outcomes and efficiencies.Discussion includes staff and patient feedback, the results of a comprehensive patient satisfaction questionnaire ...
    Posted 30 Jul 2015, 09:11 by Philip O'Connell
  • Bridge Surgery, Burton Features in Burton Mail Article Discussing the Use of Flo for Hypertension The article is available via the link below describing the use of Flo at the practice lead by Amanda Cooper, Practice Nurse. Access to Flo has had many advantages including the appropriate prescribing of blood pressure medication and has improved the capacity for ambulatory care. http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/New-texting-service-Bridge-Surgery-Stapenhill/story-25922304-detail/story.html#ixzz3Q1t5R5z7For more information please contact Dave Whatton Commissioning Manager, East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group via dave.whatton@nhs.netLisa Taylor, January 2015
    Posted 30 Jul 2015, 09:13 by Philip O'Connell
  • BBC South East Reports on the Use of Flo to Support Hypertension Management in Buckinghamshire Cathy Clarke, a patient with hypertension whose white coat syndrome is exacerbated by attending her GP practice describes the impact of Flo in managing her hypertension in Buckinghamshire.A patient suffering with white coat syndrome from Aylesbury and Chiltern CCG has described the impact of Flo in managing their hypertension to BBC South East Today.The interview, also including Cathy's Practice Nurse and Adrian Timon, Telehealth Project Officer in Buckinghamshire describes the impact that using Flo has had on Cathy's condition.BBC South Today News - Using Flo to support primary care hypertension management in BuckinghamshireFor more information please contact Adrian Timon, Telehealth Project Officer, Aylesbury and Chiltern CCG adrian.timon@nhs.netLisa Taylor, January 2015
    Posted 7 Aug 2015, 07:02 by Philip O'Connell
  • Enabling Adherence - Community Eye Pathways - Glaucoma and Occlusion Both the glaucoma and occlusion pathways have been identified specifically as areas where patient engagement and ability to self manage impacts greatly on the achievement of their clinical outcomes, yet where compliance to dispensing eye drops can be poor thus prolonging the length of time to achieving improved vision and the overall length of face-to-face intervention required. The pathways are also seeking to enable patients to remotely engage with the Community Eye Service, improving the appropriateness of appointments and reducing the DNA rate. Introduction has recently commenced and is being supported by the Trust's evaluation and research lead. For more information please contact deborah.podmore@nhs.net or lisa.taylor@simple.uk.net   Lisa Taylor, July 2015
    Posted 1 Jun 2016, 03:30 by Philip O'Connell
  • How CCGs Can Develop Integrated Care Through Implementation of TECS - Tackling Telehealth 2, Dr Ruth Chambers Tackling Telehealth 2: How to develop intergrated care through the implementation of TECS. The second report by Dr Ruth Chambers and team takes your TECS strategy to the next level. We need to understand how health & social care professionals can make technology enabled care really happen, when they are working from different organisations in various settings providing care for the same patient and their condition(s). The aim of ‘integrated care working’ features in every local health economy’s strategies for provision of care, especially in relation to the care of frail and complex patients. In reality what is needed is ‘continuity of care’ that overcomes current contradictory assessments and care plans that act as a barrier to connected and ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2015, 09:19 by Philip O'Connell
  • Flo supporting staff accessing Occupational Health Services in South Tyneside South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust have integrated Flo into local occupational health pathways. Flo has been integrated into occupational health pathways to support staff regarding: Smoking Cessation Returning to work Adjustments required (for staff members both at work or absent) Equipment needs (for staff members both in work and absent) This is a great application of Flo and an also facilitates NHS colleagues in experiencing Flo's support for themselves. For more information please contact Jackie Smart, TECS Consultant, NHS England jackie.smart1@nhs.net   Lisa Taylor, January 2015
    Posted 31 Jul 2015, 09:25 by Philip O'Connell
  • Article "Technology Enabled Care Services: Novel Methods of Managing Liver Disease" featuring Flo Mark Holmes, Team Leader for Alcohol Related Long Term Condition Nurses, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Sian Clark, Assistive Technology Innovation and Operational Manager, Mansfield and Ashfield CCG have published their article regarding Flo's support to the identification of onset ascites. The paper describes the implementation within the service with the results supporting not only the patient but the service’s ability to monitor and intervene when required. Flo's integration into this pathway has shown true potential in engaging with this group, helping them to self-manage. The main outcomes cited in the paper were that Flo supported: An improvement in compliance with the patient's care plan Increased monitoring information for the patient's key worker A ...
    Posted 31 Jul 2015, 09:25 by Philip O'Connell
  • Award Nomination for Innovative Ways of Working in the Development of the Offender Pathway Post-Release from HMP Stafford The local design and approach to the development of an innovative offender rehabilitation pathway has been recognised. The project team leading the development of this innovative multi-agency application to support the pathway for offenders with known anxiety management issues post-release from HMP Stafford have been nominated for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust's "Celebrating Excellence Awards." The team including Johanne Tomlinson OBE, Lead Anxiety Nurse (HMP Stafford), Julie Williams Service Improvement Manager (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust) and Lisa Taylor (Simple Telehealth) have worked in conjunction with current offenders to develop three applications of Flo seeking to deliver a wide range of benefits across health and social care with the aim of ...
    Posted 19 Aug 2016, 07:25 by Hollie O'Connell
  • Submissions Requested for The Patient Safety Awards 2015 Submissions for the Patient Safety Awards are currently being received in recognising and rewarding outstanding practice within the NHS an independent organisations. Winning a national award has proven to be an excellent vehicle to recognise success and improve local awareness and wider engagement with Flo, as those organisations who have already won awards for Flo's application will vouch for. There are 17 categories to choose from including managing long term conditions, patient safety in care of older people, best new product, innovation or service and changing culture so there is plenty of scope for organisation's achievements with Flo to be celebrated nationally. This year the awards join forces with the National Safety Congress providing even more opportunity to ...
    Posted 1 Jun 2016, 03:26 by Philip O'Connell
  • Do you have an innovative idea for Flo's implementation but constrained by funding? The Health Foundation has announced £1.5million funding for innovations to improve healthcare (deadline 12noon, 10th February 2015*) The Health Foundation has up to £1.5 million available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to healthcare in the UK. As part of their Innovating for Improvement Programme, the Health Foundation are looking for projects that aim to improve healthcare delivery and/or the way in which people manage their own healthcare. Flo is at the heart of supporting patients to become more engaged and involved in the management of their health, so this is a great opportunity for your organisation to showcase its best ideas for pathway redesign where Flo could be the ...
    Posted 19 Aug 2016, 07:24 by Hollie O'Connell
  • Nottinghamshire Launch Flo with Skype in Care Homes Roundwood Surgery in Nottinghamshire have today gone live using a combination of Flo and Skype to carry out their weekly ward rounds. Following the robust development and authorisation of a Standard Operating Procedure to address information governance issues, Roundwood Surgery in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire have gone live using Skype and Flo to carry out a weekly ward round with patients in a local care home on 19th December 2014. The aim of this project is to increase access into primary care for patients within care homes and to support proactive delivery of care. This was demonstrated yesterday when one of the patients asked if the call could be used to review his medication. Patient feedback has been very positive. A care ...
    Posted 19 Aug 2016, 07:24 by Hollie O'Connell
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