Barnsley NHS to showcase local innovation to an international audience


The success of a Barnsley NHS service is set to be showcased at a prestigious international event that attracts healthcare and technology experts from around the world.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s care navigation and telehealth service has been invited to present at the Kings Fund’s International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare, held in London July 1st-3rd.

This prestigious congress brings together experts to share experiences and to showcase new ideas, new research and new innovations that support people with long-term conditions and other health social care needs.

The right honourable Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, will give the keynote address on day two of the congress, the same day that Barnsley NHS staff will be showcasing their innovations in managing long-term health conditions in Barnsley.

The Trust’s care navigation and telehealth service helps people take control of their ongoing illness or condition through self-awareness and self-management, provided via the telephone. The service can also offer observation and monitoring via a small device in a patient’s home which helps health professionals monitor their condition, preventing a condition from worsening. The Trust also provides a service to patients in Bassetlaw who have heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Paul Hughes and Edward O’Gorman from the Barnsley service will outline to the congress how the service is delivering benefits and excellent outcomes for patients in Barnsley.

Paul Hughes, lead for the Barnsley service, said, “We’re honoured to be presenting to the congress and sharing the good work that is going on in Barnsley with an international audience. Our service is run by a team of nurses that can help local people who have an ongoing illness such as diabetes, asthma, stroke, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and heart failure.

“We provide tailored care to individuals, giving them advice and support, health coaching and behaviour change and the ability to observe and monitor their conditions using technology. We put people firmly in control of their condition and help them to reach their potential and live well in their community.

“The Department of Health estimates that around 17.5 million adults in the UK have a long term condition and research has shown that this type of care can reduce A&E visits, hospital admissions and mortality rates. Above all our service provides excellent care for patients and we are proud that South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is recognised as being an expert in this area.”

Barnsley people who think they could benefit from the service are encouraged to speak to their GP or call the service directly on freephone 0800 612 1976.

Barnsley NHS to showcase local innovation to an international audience

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