the churn of people leaving the list as they change jobs, etc. means that it has taken a while for the list to reach this point. About a fifth of people on the mailing list signed up in 2006!
By the way, as an alternative to following news items via the weekly emails, regular Facebook users are now able to pull Telecare Aware posts into their News Feed or Wall. Information here.
Phillip is Technical Director of Duomo*, based in Droitwich, Worcestershire, UK and is presently undertaking a masters degree in Assistive Technology.
I asked Phillip why he was undertaking the masters. He said “As a result of my involvement with presenting to telecare conferences I met Darren Awang from Coventry University who heads up their MSc Assistive Technology course. I decided to do this degree as a way of increasing my background knowledge of the subject.
“I am currently researching horticultural therapy and whether a garden can be considered as a piece of assistive technology in its own right. This is a really interesting question because it would have a massive impact on both patient assessment and funding with regard to personalised budgets. If any readers have views on this, I would be pleased to hear from them.”
* Duomo manufactures unique gas detectors that make an automatic self test to check that cookers have been turned off following a telecare alarm and turns them off if not. In addition to preventing the build-up of gas, the self check saves the responding organisation the cost of sending someone out to check the state of the appliance. The system makes a call back to the telecare centre through a standard Tunstall or Tynetec-type call unit. More information on Duomo gas detector systems (PDF). Duomo website.