Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Palliative Care Technology Programme

Dr Debbie Fitzsimmons (University of Western Ontario),
Sam Kyeremateng (St Lukes Hospice, Sheffield)
Last week was a busy time for the CLAHRC TaCT theme palliative care technology programme.  Visiting from Ontario, Canada was Patrick Blanshard (CEO of SensoryTechnologies), and Debbie Fitzsimmons (Undergraduate Chair and Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Western University).  A highlight of the week of meetings, events and visits was a workshop with palliative care stakeholders on Wednesday 26th March.

This event brought together representatives from hospices across South Yorkshire as well as people from acute Trusts, community services and commissioning bodies across Yorkshire, Humber and Derbyshire.  There was great interest in the future implementation of Sensory Technologies EShift model ®, and the planned work led by Debbie Fitzsimmons which will be called EnComPaSS (Enhanced Community Palliative Support Services) in the UK. 

Dr Steven Ariss
The results of consultations with these stakeholders will be used to plan a programme of development, implementation, and research across the region.  This work will be carried out in association with related implementation and evaluation work being undertaken by Tim Ellis and Steven Ariss for the Yorkshire and Humber CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups), and scoping and reviewing work being funded by the YH AHSN (Academic Health Science Network). 

CLAHRC YH Director, Susan Mawson, who has been instrumental in driving the programme forward said “this will form an ideal testing ground to demonstrate how the ‘triple helix’ of CLAHRC, AHSN and CCGs can successfully work with industry and a wide range of stakeholders to improve health and wealth across the region.”

Patrick Blanchard (CEO Sensory Technologies,
Dr Steven Ariss (University of Sheffield),
Julia Colletta (ehealth programme manager, Airedale NHS FT),
Professor Sue Maswon (Director, CLAHRC YH)
The event also resulted in the setting-up of a Palliative Care Technology Network with over 20 members and rising.  This will be a valuable resource for sharing best practice and developing collaborations to improve the experiences of palliative care users and their families.

For further details please contact
Dr Steven Ariss:

Tel: (0114)22-25426

Email: s.ariss@sheffield.ac.uk

Written by Dr Steven Ariss

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