Hunt praises tech scheme for de­men­tia

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HEALTH Sec­re­tary and South West Sur­rey MP Jeremy Hunt last week met the team lead­ing a ground­break­ing 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 Payam Bar­naghi, Reader in Ma­chine In­tel­li­gence at the Univer­sity of Sur­rey last Fri­day (Septem­ber 8).

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.

Mr Hunt 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 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.”

To take part in the study, a per­son must be liv­ing in Sur­rey or NE Hamp­shire and have a di­ag­no­sis or mild to moder­ate de­men­tia.

They should also have a carer who is will­ing to get in­volved.

This can be a part­ner, rel­a­tive, friend or paid carer. To find out more about the study and sign up to take part, go to: www.sabp.nhs. uk/tihm or call 01932 722247.

Re­cruit­ment ends on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 13.

Health Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt MP met the team lead­ing the TIHM for de­men­tia study, which is still re­cruit­ing par­tic­i­pants from across Sur­rey and NE Hamp­shire

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