Telehealth and Care Technologies
Theme Lead - Professor Mark Hawley

The growing older population and rise in the number of people with long-term conditions will require innovative solutions to the delivery of health and social care services, and telehealth and care technologies show much promise.

Recent large-scale trials have, however, shown that current models of telehealth and telecare, whilst maintaining quality of life, are unlikely to be cost-effective. Different models of technology-supported service are needed, and tools are required to assist organisations to design and provide the most effective and cost-effective services possible, which integrate with, and impro

ve upon local care pathways. One very promising route, as pioneered with partners in the CLAHRC SY, is to use technology to support self-management.


Building upon this existing work, the overarching aim of this theme is to produce a step change in knowledge and practice in the design and use of telehealth and care technologies, within services that are effective, cost effective and are usable by the broadest possible range of people. In achieving this, our strategy is to use theoretically driven and robust methodologies developed and utilised within the NIHR CLAHRC for South Yorkshire to:

    • Build upon existing partnerships and create new partnerships between world-class university researchers, health and social care services and commissioners who are amongst the most innovative in the UK in introducing telehealth and care technology. 
  • Work with other themes within the CLAHRC YH to identify and produce cost-effective technology-supported solutions to the problems they identify.
  • Work closely with the Translating Knowledge into Action theme and the AHSN to ensure rapid translation of findings into practice, supporting the 3millionlives high impact innovation and, with our current and potential industrial partners, translate our research into commercially available products.
  • Continue with and extend the existing PPI strategy for TaCT so that our research meets the requirements and aspirations of people with long-term conditions and their carers.
  • Maintain a responsive mode to changing policy and priorities to ensure that we are alert to an ever-changing external enviroment.

The research will be led from, and will leverage the expertise of, arguably the leading research team in the UK in telehealth and assistive technologies, based within the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research, the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH), and NIHR Devices for Dignity, and will be enhanced by collaboration with world-class experts based throughout Yorkshire and Humber.