News and stories News A pilot project to see if care technology can help reduce the impact of falls Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group are currently running a pilot project to see if care technology can help reduce the impact of falls people have in their homes. As part of this work the Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCCG) will be funding a limited number of patients to receive support from the Southampton City Council Telecare service. The pilot will identify a group of patients who do not currently use the telecare service to see if early intervention can help dramatically improve an individual’s improve an individual’s outcome if they have a fall. If an individual does suffer a fall, the pilot will look at whether the service can help reduce the length of time an individual is awaiting rescue. This in turn could help reduce the number of ambulance call outs and hospital stays. Who can be part of the pilot? The pilot is focussed on individuals at high risk of falling, those living independently (i.e. not in any form of residential or nursing care setting including extra care or supported living) and those that would otherwise find it difficult to summon help if they did have a fall. How do I get myself or a loved one on the pilot? Individuals will be selected for the pilot by a health professional and will be referred to City Telecare for inclusion in the pilot. For this pilot SCC are taking referrals from a select number of GP surgeries (Woolston Lodge, Portswood, Nicholstown, Adelaide Health Centre, Alma Road, Living Well Partnerships surgeries) and a small number of NHS services including the Wellbeing Team (SMS), Community Independence Teams, the Inpatient Therapy service at Royal South Hants Hospital and the University Hospitals Southampton (General Hospital) Fragility service. You cannot refer yourself or another person directly. For more details please visit this SCC webpage: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/health-social-care/adults/information-advice-services/telecare-falls-reduction-pilot.aspx To download a leaflet about it please click here: https://www.southampton.gov.uk/images/telecare-trial-leaflet_tcm63-408293.pdf For further queries please contact [email protected] or telephone 023 8083 3675.