West Sussex County Council’s ‘Most Wanted’

Imagine using a portable hoist – usually used to lift people in and out of beds or baths – to lift engines out of cars in a garage. Sounds improbable? This is just one example of loaned and unwanted community support equipment being used inappropriately despite being desperately required by other residents in need. In any one year, up to £250,000 worth of loaned equipment is not returned and “lost” across West Sussex. As a consequence, West Sussex Community Equipment Service is holding an amnesty for the return of items such as: pressure care mattresses, portable hoists, hospital beds...
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Telehealth on mobiles rolling out to thousands of patients in Somerset

Touchscreen phones with remote monitoring capabilities will be offered to NHS Somerset patients with chronic lung disease, heart disease and diabetes. NHS Somerset has begun rolling out telehealth equipment to thousands of its patients as part of a scheme that will allow them to monitor long-term health conditions from home. As part of a three-year, £1.2m contract, 4,000 NHS patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and diabetes will be able to monitor their health and vital signs remotely. The telehealth scheme, which uses the safe mobile care system f...
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Disability Information Fair 9 May 2012

This event will be a great opportunity for service providers, charities and local disability equipment traders to get together to act as an information point to disabled and older people across the County. The aim of the fair is to give people the chance to ask questions, receive information, join a local group etc all under one roof for one day. Oxford City Council will be running the event in partnership with Oxfordshire Unlimited, a local user led disability group. More details about Unlimited can be found at www.oxfordshireunlimited.org. This event will be held in Oxfords Town...
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Can the NHS improve quality while saving money?

Health Minister Simon Burns explains how better care and listening to patients about their experience of care can result in the NHS having to spend less money. In his latest blog, the minister highlights the work being done by South East Essex Community Healthcare to improve care for children whose asthma is difficult to manage. Read more:
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O2 Health Launches Help at Hand

O2 Health launches Help at Hand, the UK’s first telecare service built around mobile technology. In a major step forward for the care industry, Help at Hand expands telecare support beyond the boundaries of the home giving people with long term conditions the freedom, reassurance and support they need to go about their daily lives – outside of their immediate care environment. Help at Hand is a complete mobile telecare service that encompasses an easy to carry mobile-enabled pendant or wristwatch connected to a secure website and 24/7 alarm receiving centre. The service is develope...
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NHS equipment and services receive £330m boost

Money saved through NHS efficiencies is being reinvested into services, facilities and equipment, the Department of Health has announced. Of the £330m found, £72m will go towards urgent care facilities, including new operating theatres in East Lancashire and Hillingdon, an upgrade for St Helier Hospital and a new A&E department at the North West London Trust. Additionally, £30m will fund hospital facilities, including a new paediatric unit, £30m will provide diagnostic equipment and CT scanners and £16m will improve maternity services and equipment. £6m is set to improve canc...
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Independent living for disabled at risk from cuts

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) today publishes its Report on the implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which was ratified by the UK in 2009. The Report draws attention to a number of significant human rights issues, including: the need for freestanding legislation to protect the right to independent living in UK law the effect of current reforms to benefits and services on the ability of disabled people to enjoy independent living the role played by t...
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Why the NHS must embrace telehealth on a larger scale

A target of delivering between £15bn and £20bn in efficiency savings over the next four years has been set by the new operating framework for the NHS. The announcement of the Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) results in early December 2011 highlighted that telehealth provides a unique opportunity to make significant financial savings when implemented for patients suffering with long-term conditions. The report provides robust evidence in support of changing the way healthcare is delivered and accessed and, in particular, the way that the NHS manages the growing problem of long-term conditi...
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Breaking News

Veritas are delighted to announce we are now able to supply an extensive range of assistive technology, telecare, disability, rehabilitation, mobility and daily living aids at discounted rates. Our comprehensive catalogue is currently being published and our website is in the process of being updated.  
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Join the BRIT 2012 Challenge

The truly inspirational Major Phil Packer MBE begins his latest BRIT Challenge, we wish Phil all the best for his venture, walking 2012 miles around Britain raising awareness and sponsorship in his efforts to build a Centre for Inspirational Excellence  for young people facing adversity. Phil launched his latest challenge at Chichester College on the 24th January 2012, supported by members of the College, local schools, the Armed Forces, an array of celebrities and West Sussex Fire & Rescue cheering him on.  
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Roll-out of Telehealth and Telecare to Benefit Three Million Lives

Paul Burstow the Minister for Care Services has reaffirmed his commitment to 3millionlives at a parliamentary reception event on 19 January 2012 which celebrated the work of the whole system demonstrator programme.  He confirmed the approach to delivery of telehealth and telecare, and launched an agreement between the Department and the telehealth and telecare industry. Aims The aim of 3 million lives is to enhance the lives of three million people over the next 5 years by accelerating the roll-out of telehealth and telecare in the NHS and social care. By working together, the gov...
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NHS to get £100m cash injection to improve services

Patients across the country will benefit as the NHS receives a cash injection of up to £100 million to boost services in their communities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today. The Department of Health is providing up to £100 million in additional funding to doctors in emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to improve local services and reduce pressures on the NHS during the colder months. Clinicians in these groups will spend the money directly on local care services that best meet their patients’ clinical needs and prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital. F...
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Assist UK Conference 2012 ‘Positioning Yourself for the Future’

We are delighted to be presenting and exhibiting at the Assist UK Conference - Positioning Yourself for the Future.  This event is to be held on Friday the 20th January at the Heritage Motor Centre, Warwickshire. To book your place at the Conference register at Assist UK The UK wide network of Independent Living Centres helping to provide freedom of choice and maintain independence.
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PM Orders Merging of Health and Social Care

David Cameron has ordered health and social care services to be brought together in order to benefit patients in a move which government advisers are calling the NHS's most urgent overhaul. At the moment, health and social care – the help given mainly to old or disabled patients to help them continue to live at home rather than in hospital or nursing homes – are different systems in England. NHS medical treatment and domiciliary support, which is provided mainly by local councils, are usually not joined-up. But Cameron has told the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, to drive through ...
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Extra £150 million to be made available to help people leaving hospital

The Department of Health is making an extra £150 million available to local authorities to help people leave hospital more quickly and receive care at home, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today. The extra money will be spent on social care so that people can get settled back at home with the support they need and have shorter stays in hospital. It will help to get the services in place that people sometimes need to live independently at home. It will also enable local services to respond to pressures this winter. In addition, the Department is providing an extra £20 mi...
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Politicians Urged to Seize Chance to Change Social Care

Politicians from all parties have been urged to work together to find a way to overhaul the "failing" social care system in England. Cross-party talks about the care given to the elderly and disabled failed in 2010 but will start again this month. In an open letter, charities, faith-based groups and senior figures in the NHS and local government say the opportunity must not be missed. A government statement said social care reform was an "urgent priority". Care services minister Paul Burstow, a Lib Dem, said plans to change the system would be published in the spring. But befo...
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Plans for Greater Scrutiny of Elderly Care in Engand

Plans to "radically drive up" standards of social care in England to protect the elderly have been unveiled by the government. They include an online "good care guide" to allow family members to rate and review care homes and providers. Age UK "broadly welcomed" the rating suggestion but called for more funding to improve the independent regulator. Meanwhile, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has called for reforms in the way care is funded. Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said the government's new plans would help to tackle "quality and mistreatment". The ideas - pro...
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