23rd April 2015 – New boss helps patients get round-the-clock on screen care
Phil Parkinson has been appointed to a unique post at the helm of a partnership delivering telemedicine nationwide to help keep patients out of hospital.
He is the new managing director for Immedicare – the successful partnership between Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and technical experts Involve – set up to provide support anc care via secure video link 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to help relieve pressures on urgent care services.
This is a unique post as Phil is the first employee to be solely recruited by Immedicare. He will be a vital link between the two organisations to manage the business effectively and has bases both within the Trust in Steeton and at Involve’s head office in Warrington.
His role is to help make the service run by the two organisations seamless and reduce duplication. It is also to oversee all operations from sales through to delivery including support for customers.
Through the innovative telemedicine service, residents can get urgent medical help from highly skilled nurses who specialise in acute care or hospital consultants based in a Telehealth Hub at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust if and when they need it – without having to leave the comfort of their own surroundings.
Patients, who would previously have been sent by ambulance to their hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, and often admitted to hospital, can now be seen clearly on screen and treated remotely. They can be monitored from the hub, as often as required depending on their condition, with the back up of hands on treatment from community nursing teams, a GP, paramedic or hospital care if needed.
The aim of the service is to care for patients closer to home whenever it is safe to do so. Evidence suggests that many patients are admitted into hospital when this is not always the best environment and most appropriate place for them.
Phil said “Immedicare is an exciting, ground breaking venture and I strongly believe that our innovative telemedicine service delivers high quality patient care by using the latest technologies and clinical skills.
“National interest is increasing dramatically in this service and I look forward to helping Immedicare grow further and exploit all the opportunities available.”
Phil has more than 20 years of experience in the management and sales of IT and services in both public and private sector. He brings to Immedicare a wealth of technology-based experience previously working for TSG and Azzurri Communications – major independent providers of ICT solutions to enterprise and public sector organisations. He also has led discreet NHS projects and services to help the Citizens Advice Bureau increase its ability to offer independent and confidential advice to people in need.
Telemedicine is provided by Immedicare to over 200 care homes throughout the country, with a further 100 in the pipeline. It also supports patients with long term conditions such as COPD, heart failure and complex diabetes in their own homes resulting in over 6000 patients being linked to the Telehealth Hub at the Trust. The service is already reducing patient admissions and improving the lives of patients.