Jeremy Hunt visits the TIHM for dementia team

Jeremy Hunt, Health Minister and MP for South West Surrey, praises our TIHM for dementia study
Jeremy Hunt visits the TIHM for dementia team

Hunt meeting the TIHM team

Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey, last week met the team leading a ground-breaking NHS technology study that aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

The TIHM for dementia study, which is still recruiting participants from across Surrey and NE Hampshire, is led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and funded by the Department of Health.  It uses new technologies that allow clinicians to remotely monitor the health and safety of people with dementia who live at home. If a problem is identified an alert is triggered and clinicians will, if necessary, step in to offer support.

MP Jeremy Hunt met Dr Helen Rostill, Director of Innovation and Development and Dr Ramin Nilforooshan, Consultant Psychiatrist, both from Surrey and Borders Partnership, and Dr Payam Barnaghi, Reader in Machine Intelligence at the University of Surrey, last Friday, 8th September. The University is a key partner in the study.

The MP was given a tour of the TIHM for dementia ‘Living Lab’ at the University to  see how technological devices placed in people’s homes collect and analyse information that is then remotely followed up by clinicians.

Commenting on his visit, Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey, said: “This is an exciting study that could provide the basis for a new way forward in supporting people with dementia and their carers. It’s good to see that the collaboration between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the University is working so well and that people from across Surrey and North East Hampshire are getting involved in the study.”

Dr Helen Rostill said: “We are delighted to have been able to showcase the TIHM for dementia study to Jeremy Hunt who was extremely positive about the work we are doing.”

Partners in the study include: University of Surrey, Alzheimer’s Society, Royal Holloway University of London, the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, the Six Surrey and North East Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups and eight technology companies: Docobo, Halliday James, Safe Patient Sstems, arquiva, Vision360, Intelesant, Sensely and Yecco