The Telehealth Quality Group (TQG) has been very pleased to support NHS Shared Business Services in developing its Framework Agreement for TECS (Technology Enabled Care Services). The TQG was a key proponent of the division of ‘lots’ as follows:
Lot 1: Electronic Assistive Technologies
Lot 2: Alarm Technologies and Services
Lot 3: Continuous Monitoring Services
Lot 4: Scheduled Remote and On Demand Services
We congratulate all the successful manufacturers or service providers. These include the following that were successful in two or more of the ‘lots’:
Broomwell Healthwatch (www.broomwellhealthwatch.com)
Philips Electronics (www.philips.co.uk)
Safe Patient Systems (www.safepatientsystems.com)
Tunstall Healthcare UK (www.tunstall.co.uk)
Others companies ‘in the mix’ can be found at https://www.sbs.nhs.uk/ica-technology-enabled-care-services. All have had to navigate their way through a tough qualifying process and deserve their place on the Framework. Providers of telecare and telehealth services are encouraged to use it!
Of note is the fact that the new Framework meets outcome requirements for both the NHS and Adult Social Care. It embraces a wide range of telehealth domains (including telecare and social alarms) and it supports personalised approaches to care. Significantly, the Framework cites the TQG’s International Code of Practice for Telehealth Services as representing an important quality benchmark for that range of services. The International code can be downloaded from this website.
Note: The TQG has also been very pleased to work with Pobal (Republic of Ireland) on matters that relate to the procurement of telehealth (including telecare) technologies and services. Information regarding this work is provided in an earlier ‘News Item’ – this also giving access to the full report.