Following the exceptionally high levels of demand experienced by the NHS this winter, the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt has requested ideas for solving its funding and workforce crisis. Tunstall is solely focused on using technology to enable new models of healthcare delivery that are more integrated, preventative and person-centred.

We have multiple examples from around the UK, and indeed the world, of the ways in which we have supported providers to shift the focus from treating illness and crises, to empowering people to stay well. For example, in Tameside and Glossop our work with the CCG and Tameside and Glossop Community Healthcare to support self-management through digital health monitoring reduced hospital admissions by 38%.

The Quest for Quality in Care Homes in Calderdale combined technology with a Multi-Disciplinary Team in care homes to reduce emergency admissions by 26%, while the London Borough of Havering worked with Tunstall and Havering CCG to increase the use of telecare for older people and reduce hospital admissions by 50%. In Europe, Tunstall Televida has worked tirelessly to address social isolation among older people. Supporting more than 250,000 people and handling 16 million calls a year, telecare has reduced loneliness by nearly 94%.

We recognise that technology cannot replace the fundamental need for human contact. But it can provide a cost-effective means of managing risks and providing support 24 hours a day, enabling people to remain independent at home. It enables a proactive, strengths-based approach and supports the integration of health and care.

We are campaigning for a more inclusive and integrated health and social care system, and part of our mission is to engage with and encourage more MPs to take an active role in shaping their own constituency’s NHS-led and community-based services. We’re inviting any members of parliament to visit our Innovations Centre in Yorkshire where they can see first-hand how Tunstall is paving the way for transformative connected care that enables older people to access help in the event of an emergency in the home.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more or would like to visit the Innovations Centre please contact 01977 660206 or email marketing@tunstall.com.