Focus on Connected Care, Homes and Communities

Connected Care, Homes and Communities was the theme of the fourth meeting of the Yorkshire & Humber Health and Wellbeing Ecosystem meeting held in Harrogate on Wednesday 14th September.

Delegates from the NHS, social care, patient organisations, academia and industry attended the meeting which was hosted by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in partnership with TSA as part of its regional programme of technology enabled care (TEC) events and ECHAlliance. The Ecosystem is a member of the ECHAlliance International Network of Permanent Ecosystems.

Delegates were welcomed to the meeting by Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment and Partnerships at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN before taking part in a series of presentations and interactive workshops.

Speakers included:

  • Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive of TSA who talked about the current state and future of the technology-enabled care landscape and the importance of a quality standards framework.
  • Helen Bourner, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, who provided an insight into the work being done in Bradford and Airedale to integrate care, exploring the challenges and celebrating successes.
  • Dr Richard Pope, Clinical Lead Digital Health and Wellbeing at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN shared his radical vision for the future of technology enabled care and its impact on communities.
  • Rob Moriarty of WSI Polaris Digital spoke about his personal experience of how technology can facilitate independent living and management of long term conditions.
  • Damian O’Connor, Director of Operations at the ECHAlliance discussed sharing learning from across the Ecosystem networks where health is a community priority rather than just a provider challenge.

Interactive breakout sessions were:

  • The Reality of connected care – Housing Good Health led by Sarah Roxby, Service Director for Wellbeing at Wakefield District Housing. This provided an opportunity to share learning with a team that is leading change across housing provider services and discuss their aspirations to transform care.
  • Exploring quality standards to support future technology led by Alyson Scurfield from TSA. This session updated attendees on the latest developments with TSA’s new technology enabled care quality standards framework, highlighting the current progress that has been made and the next steps.
  • Prototyping citizen involvement in digital health led by Alicia Ridout from mHabitat and Roz Davies of Recovery Enterprises. This was a participatory workshop that asked delegates to think through the opportunities and challenges for citizen participation in digital health and design an ideal model and key principles. This workshop contributed to the work of the #YHDigitalCitizen Network launched earlier this year by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN in partnership with mHabitat. It is one of the ways the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is demonstrating its commitment to integrating Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) into its frontline work and increase the power of ‘patient pull’ to accelerate the spread and adoption of new technologies and models of care.

The Digital Ecosystem also provided a platform for organisations from around the region to showcase their innovations and talk directly to potential commissioners.

The dedicated Twitter hashtag #YHDigitalEco was used throughout the event to enable people who could not attend to join in the conversation.

After the event Philippa said: “I’d like to thank everyone who came and contributed to another successful Digital Ecosystem meeting.

“It was really encouraging to hear so many positive accounts about how technology is really helping people to maintain their independence and manage their health conditions.”

Here’s what some of our delegates had to say:

Richard Main, Connected Care Team at Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

“The Digital Ecosystem meetings allow us to see what is out there and give us insight into what we could expect providers to put forward for commissioning.

“The value in this is the Ecosystem meetings are not sales-type, they are focused conversations about services to gain insight from the speakers and other delegates – this is an invaluable source of knowledge.”

Tony Harwood, Project Manager, Information Management and Technology Department

“The Ecosystem meetings provide a great opportunity to network and gain an understanding of what other people are doing and what their experiences have been. It’s also interesting to see the exhibitors and get the chance to talk to them about their services.”

Delyth James, Consultant Psychiatrist working with the Information Management and Technology Department.

“I would really encourage clinicians to attend the Ecosystem meetings to feed into the debate about how technology can help improve services for patients and to learn more about the products that are available now. I hope more organisations will release clinicians to attend events like this as they provide a great networking opportunity and a forum where we can all learn from other Trusts’ experiences.”

Event Resources

About TSA

TSA (formerly known as Telecare Services Association) is the industry body for Technology Enabled Care (TEC) representing the largest industry specific network in Europe and bringing together a growing members of organisations across local government, health and the private sector.

It is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation, with a current membership of over 350 organisations across the UK and overseas. It is estimated that TSA’s members currently help over 1.7 million people to remain in their own homes supported by their families, friends and carers in familiar surroundings rather than hospitals, care homes and other institutional settings.

TSA works across health, housing and social care through a wide range of public services including the NHS, local authorities, Fire and rescue services as well as housing associations, leading industry suppliers, independent and voluntary sector organisations.

More information is available on the TSA website:

About ECHAlliance International Network of Permanent Ecosystems

The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) provides a unique partnership of organisations, companies and government bodies to transform healthcare delivery and create economic benefits.

With a direct presence in more than 25 countries including Europe, USA, Canada and China, the ECHAlliance members develop innovative solutions around mobile health, chronic diseases, active and healthy ageing, Internet of Things, wearables, personalised medicine, genomics and Big Data.

ECH is registered as a Community Interest Company and is a not-for-profit organisation.

More information is available on the ECHAlliance website: