Sir Malcolm Grant welcomes TIHM for dementia study

NHS England Chairman, Sir Malcolm Grant, heralds our groundbreaking technology study
Sir Malcolm Grant welcomes TIHM for dementia study

Sir Malcolm Grant visiting TIHM

The chairman of NHS England, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, has welcomed our new Internet of Things study aiming to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, saying it marks an exciting development in the use of new technologies in healthcare.

Sir Malcolm’s comments followed a visit last week to learn more about the TIHM for dementia study that we are leading and involves partners, the University of Surrey and the Alzheimer’s Society. TIHM for dementia is one of seven Test Beds funded by the Department of Health that is examining new ways to deliver treatment and care.

During his visit, Professor Sir Malcolm met Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands (also known as the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership), who lauded the TIHM for dementia study as a great example of the kind of innovation the STP wants to see across all areas of healthcare to improve the lives of patients.

Professor Sir Malcolm also met Trevor and Moya Truman from Camberley and Marion and John Edwards from Shepperton who have been trialling the TIHM for dementia technology in their homes since earlier this year.

TIHM for dementia uses a network of small technological devices, installed in the home, that allow clinicians to remotely monitor a person’s health and safety round the clock and in real time. The technology, which uses machine learning and data analytics, monitors everything from blood pressure, temperature and mood to movement in and outside of the home. It can identify if someone is unwell or unsafe. It can also predict if someone is becoming unwell, allowing clinicians to step in early and offer support.

Commenting on the TIHM for dementia study, Professor Sir Malcolm, said: “These are exciting times for the future of healthcare. TIHM is paving the way for a new approach that could transform the way we deliver care, especially for people with complex and long term health conditions.

“We are extremely grateful to Trevor and Moya and Marion and John for trialling this pioneering technology and for sharing their feedback with us. The technology is clearly making a tangible difference to their lives.”

Professor Sir Malcolm was given a tour of the Clinical Monitoring Unit at the Abraham Cowley Unit in Chertsey where he saw how alerts triggered by the technology in people’s homes are flagged and investigated by clinicians. He also met some of the TIHM for dementia partners: Dr Payam Barnaghi from the University of Surrey, Francesca Markland from the Alzheimer’s Society and Alex Jadavji from Yecco, one of the technology innovators.

Dr Helen Rostill, Director of Innovation and Development at Surrey and Borders Partnership, welcomed Professor Sir Malcolm’s comments: “We are delighted that Professor Sir Malcolm has been able to meet the team leading this important study and to hear first-hand how the technology is supporting people and improving lives.”

Professor Sir Malcolm was accompanied on his visit by Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands; David McNulty, Independent Chair Surrey Heartlands Transformation Board; Matthew Tait, the Joint Accountable Officer for Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Groups and Sarah Parker, Transformation Director for Surrey Heartlands.

Dr Claire Fuller said:  “The TIHM project is a global exemplar in machine learning and artificial intelligence and it was a real pleasure to showcase this work by Surrey and Borders to Sir Malcolm. This is exactly the kind of innovation we want to see across Surrey Heartlands and underpins the wider learning that will help transform our local health and care system.”

The Test Bed programme is jointly funded by the Department of Health and NHS England.