Date: 6th Apr 2016
Dr Daniel Lasserson, Associate Professor and Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences at the University of Oxford joined the Bucks New University Open Forum Meeting which was staged by the Institute of Integrated Care as guest speaker to explore the barriers to delivery of integrated care in a home setting.
As the Lead of the Out-of-Hospital Care Clinical Network in Oxford's Academic Health Science Network, Dr Lasserson combines both research and clinical roles with a focus on how contemporary care systems should respond to the challenge of acute illness in order patients living with frailty.
The event, which was the second in a series of open forums held by the Institute of Integrated Care, took place at Aylesbury College, one of Bucks New University's key educational partners, and was attended by guests and partners from across the healthcare sector. Daniel Lasserson, Bucks New University, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Oxford, Telehealth, Integrated Care.
The capacity of new technologies to assist patients and carers to manage long term health conditions within their own homes is growing exponentially with the exploitation of mobile and other new technologies.
The use of Telehealth in integrated care is the focus of work for the Centre for Excellence in Telehealth and Assisted Living (CETAL) which is based at Aylesbury College alongside the Buckinghamshire Assisted Living Labs centre. This facility enables new technologies and health monitoring products to be showcased in a simulated home environment.
Firas Sarhan, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living, and Principle Lecturer at Bucks New University, presented at the forum about innovations in integrated care. He also reported on research conducted from within the Institute which is investigating barriers to offering integrated care within the out-of-hospital workforce. After his presentation guests were invited on a tour of the Assisted Living Lab facility.
Mr Sarhan said: "We are delighted that Dr Lasserson has joined us today and shared his perspective on the barriers to delivering integrated care at home. There is a huge need for a radical approach to address the delivery of in-home care and to ensure the merger of the health and social care needs of the population are met with cost effective and quality care delivered in a safe environment.
"There needs to be a collaborative approach to address such issues and partnerships between multi professionals should be established to ensure evidence based care is consistently being delivered."
The first event in this series of open forums hosted by the Institute, welcomed Andy Burnham MP Shadow Secretary of State for Health, who gave a political dimension in integrated care and its importance to the future of health and social care in summer 2014.
Main picture caption: Firas Sarhan is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living (CETAL).
Second picture caption: Dr Daniel Lasserson is Associate Professor and Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences at the University of Oxford.