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Nottingham care providers add sensors to hospital discharge package

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A group of public sector organisations in Nottingham are beginning to deploy domestic sensors as part of a ‘wrap-around’ package in discharging vulnerable patients from hospital.

Nottingham City Council, its arm’s length housing management body Nottingham City Homes (NCH), domiciliary care provider Nottingham On Call, and Nottingham University Hospitals are collaborating in a project that uses sensors from tech provider Lilli in a home assessment and care service for six weeks after hospital discharge.

This is being integrated into the NHS Discharge to Assess pathway.

The technology can be placed in the homes of vulnerable people to monitor movement and factors such as power usage and signs of cooking. It uses machine learning to identify patterns in behaviour and can alert care providers of any cause for concern.

Lilli said this will help care practitioners in making evidence based decisions as part of care assessments, using the data to identify the optimum care package for individuals.

Quality of life

Dave Miles, development manager at NCH, said: “We are committed to providing a high quality of life for our residents, and Lilli’s remote monitoring technology will be invaluable in enabling evidence based decision making, with a focus on providing shorter visits where relevant and reducing the need for overnight care.

“Lilli’s data will empower our partner care teams to allocate our precious care resources to where we can make the biggest positive difference.”

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