Significant comments follow, including a response from the TSA’s Managing Director
Following their earlier request for applications that we covered, the Telecare Services Association today announced the appointment of Andrew Gardner as its new chair, saying that by appointing from among the giants of the healthcare industry it has taken another big step towards making its vision for health, housing and social care a reality.
The statement continues: “The move came shortly after TSA set out a bold 3-year growth plan to challenge the ‘status quo’ in health and social care by leading, representing and promoting Technology Enabled Care & Support (“TECS”) services including telecare and telehealth. New Chair Andrew Gardner has worked as CEO for the largest independent provider of primary care to the NHS, and is currently Managing Director of a group including Careline UK, Cirrus Communication Systems and Appello Telehealth. He will help to drive the growth of TECS in his new position as Chair at TSA:
“TSA’s focus on solutions for the 21st Century and improving self-management really excites me. It’s in everyone’s interests to get more out of their technology and improve their services” Andrew begins.
“My passion is building a sector that makes people’s lives happier, healthier and safer. TSA’s vision – people choosing technology enabled care and support to enrich everyday life – makes perfect sense. Having built such close links to the NHS in previous roles, I can see the urgent need for TECS and the significance of TSA’s plans.”
Andrew’s experience in technology also includes senior roles at Siemens and ICL. The news will interest commissioners of health and social care, who prize TSA’s quality standards as a vital guarantee of quality during a period of rapid change.
Andrew continues: “The fact TSA’s standards have been developed in partnership with the Government and other key stakeholders is crucial. TSA already has around 370 member organisations supporting over 1.7 million people. It’s a world leader in TECS. If we want to develop what the industry can offer and increase the number of people benefitting from technology, we need to make the most of these links we have with the topmost decision makers. I’ll be driving TSA to follow its plans and develop its business towards that key aim.”
Andrew will be formally announced as TSA’s new Independent Chair at the International Telecare & Telehealth Conference on 17th November at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales. The event, including the prestigious Crystal Awards, focuses on “21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Care” and showcases a new emphasis on combining technology with individualised support services. Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of NHS England, headlines an array of high-ranking speakers from health, housing and social care and national-level Government, with special guests Esther Rantzen CBE and Olympic medallist Colin Jackson CBE. Delegates will be able to find out more about Andrew’s role and TSA’s plans, prioritising support for the provision of high quality TECS services and a commitment to leading, representing and promoting TECS, being fit for purpose to deliver TSA’s vision and growth.
The plans include ambitious targets for growth, engagement and revenue for reinvestment as a not-for-profit body. Ambitions also include a new standards framework including the TSA Code Of Practice, new services and opportunities for members and a shift towards individually tailored services for supported people and their carers, not just traditional “button and box” models of telecare. With increasing demand for services and ever increasing pressure on budgets, TSA’s wake-up call for the TECS industry is perfectly timed and the latest steps – including Andrew Gardner’s appointment – are a clear signal to members, commissioners and providers that the industry is rising to the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
More information about TSA and the International Telecare & Telehealth Conference 2014 is here.