Our clinical and technology enabled care (TEC) teams recently attended the NRS Healthcare sponsored RISE 2022 event at Kent Event Centre.

Our TEC colleagues were there to meet prescribers taking part in the recently launched Make a difference every day (test & build) project running in the East Kent area covering Thanet, Dover, Folkestone & Hythe..

Manning our technology packed demonstration vehicle and available for all TEC related queries were Laurence Habgood-Coote, TEC Occupational Therapist and Aaron Marshall, TECS Development and Solutions Manager.

Over 100 prescribers visited the demonstration vehicle to find out more about the new service designed to improve and tailor the long-term technology offer in Kent to contribute to people living a full life in a place they call home.

The service was launched at a very successful kick-off event at the Digital Innovation Centre in Kent on 11th May, allowing the TEC service prescriber volunteers to meet with a range of technology providers and understand what they can offer to their clients.

To help introduce the service to the volunteer prescribers a range of materials including a dedicated web page have been produced and we will be keeping them up to date with regular communications about the project.

James Lampert, Head of Technology Enabled Care at NRS Healthcare has said

"NRS Healthcare and our partners in the Making a difference everyday TEC Partnership are delighted to be working with everyone at Kent County Council.

I’d like to thank all the prescribers and TEC facilitators for their engagement with the project.

Together, I’m sure that we can make a real difference to people’s lives through the creative and personalised use of technologies that give better outcomes.”

Also, attending the RISE event were some of our Kent clinical team – Alison O’Hara, Clinical Regional Manager for the South and Denise Barrett, our highly experienced Occupational Therapy Assistant in Kent.

The Clinical team were there to showcase all that we offer in Kent; our recently retained training service contract, community equipment services and our Safe+Well service.

Our training service contract is run by the whole clinical team in Kent and will shortly be absorbed into our newly created clinical academy. Training is delivered online or face-to-face about a range of topics, including equipment training for our core items, training supported by suppliers about their specific products, 2 day Trusted Assessor training and one day refresher courses, equipment familiarisation for Kent enablement at home teams. For 2022 we have also been requested to supply training for mental health staff, introducing them to basic equipment and showing how to use it.

Neil Thacker, Southern Area Manager has said

"We are delighted that the continued efforts and innovative approach of all our colleagues have been recognised with the award of a new training contract and the Kent technology enabled care Make a difference everyday project.

It’s exciting to work developing service with a trusted partner such as Kent County Council and we will continue to evolve our services to ensure they meet the needs of our service users, prescribers and commissioners in Kent”.