Telehealth Toolkit Validation: Ready, Steady, Go 
Project Leads
Professor Sue Mawsons.mawson@sheffield.ac.uk
Other Project Staff/Students
Miss Lauren Powelll.a.powell@sheffield.ac.uk

Project Summary
Telehealth is considered to have great potential to support the ever increasing ageing population. Telehealth services, however, are rare and many of the available services fail. Evidence suggests that this failure is due to the lack of understanding of the barriers surrounding implementation. In view of this, there have been various attempts to devise telehealth implementation toolkits to help prevent implementation failure. One recent attempt has been the development of a telehealth implementation toolkit entitled, “Ready Steady Go” (RSG) (Brownsell & Ellis, 2012). The first version of RSG was launched in September 2012. RSG is viewed as a “working” document, which means that it strives to continuously adapt and improve over time. Therefore, the aim of this research is to gain additional knowledge from experts in the field of telehealth which can be used to refine and assess the usability of the current version of RSG. 

The purpose of the study is:
To assess the usability of the “Ready, Steady, Go” toolkit.  To achieve this we are conducting qualitative semi-structured interviews and focus groups with telehealth professionals from any background (including NHS, social care, industry and academia) who have either read or used the RSG toolkit in order to obtain information on the usability of the current version. This information will also be used to refine and improve the usability of the RSG toolkit. 

Participation will require either a 45 minutes (maximum) telephone interview or attendance of a 45 minute focus group. A researcher from the University of Sheffield will ask you questions about your opinion of the “Ready Steady Go” toolkit.

Ready Steady Go Toolkit