Award-winning Digital Research Company Launches Local Programme In Care For Older People

Age Care Technologies® (ACT) has joined as lead partner of the Integrated Care Academy (ICA), an exciting new partnership between the University of Suffolk, the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS), Suffolk County Council and Healthwatch Suffolk and others from the voluntary and community sector to help bridge gaps within the current healthcare system and reduce social inequalities in health.

Through the use of its award-winning ACTTM Assessment tool, which aligned with World Health Organisation guidance, the project will address health inequalities within communities by identifying the individual needs of a variety of older people across the Ipswich, Felixstowe and South Rural area.

Suffolk and Northeast Essex will be the first pilot site in the UK to work with the digital assessment, training and analytical tools. ACT founder, Professor Ian Philp, is working with a local team of health and care providers who will undertake assessments and training with older people and caregivers, initially in the Ipswich, Felixstowe and South Rural area, then in other parts of Suffolk and Northeast Essex over the next three years.

Dr Mark Shenton, local GP and Professor of Integrated Care at the ICA is leading the initiative locally.

Said Dr Mark Shenton: “We are very excited about pioneering this technology with Ian and his team. During 2021/22, we will be using the online assessment tool locally with 300 older people and their family carers. From 2022 onwards, we will roll out the training for caregivers. An analysis of our data will be available nationally and internationally, in association with the World Health Organisation as well as to the significant benefit of health and care services in Suffolk and Northeast Essex.”

Said Professor Ian Philp: “The aim is to continue delivering assessments, training and data analytics in health and care systems worldwide until we have improved the lives of 100 million older people by 2030, reaching the potential to reduce the costs of long-term care by 45 trillion dollars.

“The Integrated Care Academy is a fantastic springboard for the UK research. I am pleased that our work will also be the UK pilot site for the World Health Organisation programme for promoting person-centred integrated care for older people.”

Professor Ian Phillip

Focusing on helping local services to provide the best possible joined-up care to keep older people healthy, safe and independent for as long as possible can ultimately help us change our thoughts and perceptions of ageing as well as developing sustainable healthcare systems which allow communities foster the abilities of older people.

Professor Ian Philp will be holding meet and greet session with local leaders and members of the local community on Wednesday 16 February 2021 at 3.30pm at the Felixstowe Town Hall. The event is open to all local residents interested in learning more about the project.

To find out more about the Integrated Care Academy please visit: https://www.uos.ac.uk/content/integrated-care-academy-1

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