Trust to deliver new innovative health services for dementia patients

We have been awarded a grant to carry out an innovative project to provide people with dementia more control over their health and wellbeing

We have been awarded a grant to carry out an innovative project to provide people with dementia more control over their health and wellbeing.

The project, which lasts two years, will put the Trust at the forefront of delivering fundamental change in the delivery of care in the UK.

Working alongside a series of partners, the ‘Internet of Things’ Test Bed will demonstrate how the use of network enabled devices such as monitors, robotics and wearables will be able to provide better healthcare for older people in the comfort of their own homes.

With the use of remote  connectivity, carers will also be able to monitor the behaviour of the person they are caring for without needing to be at their specific location. We are one of two NHS Trusts delivering the Internet of Things test bed project, which will trial various combinations of technology and devices.

The grant, funded by NHS England and Innovate UK, comes as part of the NHS Innovation Test Beds, a series of different projects that aim to modernise healthcare to benefit older patients and people with long-term health problems.

In Surrey 6,606 people have a formal diagnosis of dementia although it is estimated that around 16,800 people have some form of the condition. In 2013 18% of the county’s population was over the age of 65; this is due to rise to 25% by 2037.

Fiona Edwards, Chief Executive of Surrey and Borders Partnership, said: “I’m really excited that we have been given this opportunity to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their families. With a growing elderly population who are likely to experience long-term physical and mental health conditions, innovative new technologies such as those we are trialling through the Internet of Things project will help more people to receive the support they need to live well in their own homes.

It is also about improving responsiveness of the health and care system, providing support at an earlier stage and reducing the amount of time people spend in hospital.”

We are leading the project and will be working with the University of Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network, the Alzheimer’s Society, local clinical commissioning groups and a number of charities.

The project will also be made up of 10 technology companies, including:

  •, whose virtual, personal assistant Molly is capable of providing tailor made medical advice using advanced AI and speech recognition.
  • Intelesant, whose product Howz is able to learn a dementia sufferer’s routine and thus detect any deviations from the routine that may lead to dangers.
  • Healtrix, who will provide an ‘Internet of Things’ Integration Hub, as well as an alerting engine that raises real time alerts and a dashboard that allows for remote monitoring and analysis of data.

All information provided by these companies is then gathered and processed at the University of Surrey, where the data is digested and transformed in to a ‘common language’ detailing a range of results taken from the people using the service. The insights and alerts provided by the devices will then allow healthcare staff to deliver more responsive and effective services.

Payam Barnaghi, Project Technology Lead at the University of Surrey, said:

“The ‘Internet of Things’ testbed will provide continuous monitoring and observation data in a secure environment and will provide mechanisms to extract information. This in turn will support better and faster decision making for caregivers, clinical teams and support groups."

The project will take results from approximately 700 people, more than 10% of those on the dementia register in Surrey.

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University of Surrey
Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)
Royal Holloway University of London
Alzheimer's Society
Action for Carers Surrey
Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group
Telefonica Europe
Cisco International Limited
eLucid mHealth
Halliday James
Safe Patient Systems
Vision 360