An Assessment of the Development of Telecare in Scotland 2006-2010

This report was published in October 2010.

“Over the period to March 2010, £16.35 million was made available by the Scottish Government under the programme. Of this sum, £2.55 million was used to fund an innovation programme (discussed later), and meet research and administration costs, while £13.8 million was allocated directly to care partnerships to drive service expansion.

Despite the relatively modest scale of the TDP budget, expectations were high concerning its potential to support a more widespread shift in the balance of care from reactive to prevention, and from institutional to community based settings 2.

In particular the TDP fund was expected to:

  • Increase the number of people in receipt of telecare services.
  • Reduce the number of avoidable admissions to care homes.
  • Reduce the number of unplanned admissions and readmissions to hospital.
  • Reduce the need for other more expensive forms of intervention.
  • Reduce the pressure on informal carers.
  • Improve the quality of life of health and care service users-mainly older people, but also others with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or long term medical conditions.”
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