Top award for community health organisation
5:10pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
SEQOL, the social enterprise that delivers a range of community health and adult social care services to residents of Swindon, has won a national award from the “bible” of the health services profession – the Health Services Journal.
The HSJ Efficiency Awards recognise the country’s health care providers that are leading the way in both improving the patient experience and demonstrating efficiencies.
SEQOL won the 2013 HSJ Efficient Telehealth Solutions award for its innovative scheme of supporting life planning for people with learning disabilities, those living in supported housing and those with long-term conditions to self-care in their own homes.
Telehealth is a high-tech system that aims to prevent or reduce unplanned hospital admissions by helping patients and their carers to monitor and manage the symptoms of their long term health conditions at home. Equipment to measure blood pressure, blood glucose levels, oxygen levels and other vital signs is installed in the patient’s home, and the patient and/or carer is taught how to carry out the monitoring themselves.
The measurements are automatically transmitted via a modem to the SEQOL team, who assess whether there is any need for intervention at an early stage. There are currently 152 people using SEQOL’s Telehealth, with a further six people due to begin using it over the next few weeks.
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