MALT - Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies
Project Lead
Mark Hawleymark.hawley@sheffield.ac.uk
Project Contact
Sam Humberstones.humberstone@sheffield.ac.uk
Project Manager
Lizzie Coatese.coates@sheffield.ac.uk
Financial Analysis Project Staff/Students
Simon Dixons.dixon@sheffield.ac.uk
Alan Brennana.brennan@sheffield.ac.uk
Praveen Thokalap.thokala@sheffield.ac.uk
Kinga Lowriek.lowrie@sheffield.ac.uk
Hassan Baalbakih.baalbaki@sheffield.ac.uk
Staff Analysis Project Staff/Students
Duncan Rossd.ross@leeds.ac.uk
Chris Cleggc.w.clegg@leeds.ac.uk
Helen Hughesh.hughes@leeds.ac.uk
Lauren Machonc.m.kelly@leeds.ac.uk
Patients/Carers Analysis
Gail Mountaing.a.mountain@sheffield.ac.uk
Chris Armitagec.j.armitage@sheffield.ac.uk
Bridgette Wesselsb.wessels@sheffield.ac.uk
Jo Nicholsonj.t.nicholson@sheffield.ac.uk
Sarah Gorstpcp10slg@sheffield.ac.uk

Background
The future large-scale deployment of assisted living technologies (ALTs) crucially depends on establishing cost-effectiveness at scale, overcoming barriers to uptake, and devising viable service and business models. Our research will explore these issues by initially focusing on one form of ALT, telehealth, and examining how it is being deployed across Yorkshire.

This work draws on the very considerable experience at The University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds of undertaking a combination of approaches towards health services research including evidence synthesis and economic modelling. What is unique to this project is the application of established research methods (including those used for health economics) to ALTs. 

In forthcoming years changes to established patterns of health and social care are inevitable. Traditional forms of service will be replaced by services supported by ALTs which will include evolutions of telehealth and telecare. However, the potential value of these technologies is not yet adequately demonstrated. Telehealth is of particular interest to the NHS with over two thirds of all PCTs having investigated the use of telehealth for the support of people with long term conditions.

Project Summary

Our project plan can broadly be divided into 5 lots of activity. The first phase involves us setting up the project, recruiting staff, recruiting NHS sites and gaining ethical and governance approval to interview staff, patients and carers. During this phase we are also reviewing existing research literature.

The second phase involves us working with NHS sites that have already deployed telehealth to understand the perceptions of those involved in delivering and using the service. We also wish to gather information on business models and processes in each site. We will also develop a questionnaire that will identify how receptive people are to the concept of telehealth.

The third phase involves us helping each NHS site to define a series of mini-projects that would help overcome some of the barriers we have jointly identified. Some project will be common across all sites whilst others will be very specific to the local context.

The fourth phase of the project involves evaluating the implementation of these mini-projects rapidly. We will refine some solutions and discard others. At the end of this phase we will have a good idea about what works well to ease mainstreaming and what does not work well.

The final phase of the project involves us creating tools and techniques to capture and disseminate what we have learned on the project.

CLAHRC SY Project Partners

University of Sheffield

Other Project Partners

University of Leeds

Advanced Digital Institute

Further information about the MALT project can be found through the MALT webpages, here.

MALT - Project Update
Most Recently Updated June 2013

We are now close to completing the second phase of the research to understand current use of telehealth in four sites in Yorkshire and Humber. We are also now starting to work with these sites to develop mini-projects to improve the use of telehealth and evaluate the success of these over the next 12 months.