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2011 Simple Telehealth named as SHINE winner


2011 Simple Telehealth named as SHINE winner

We are pleased to announce that our GP lead team has been confirmed as a winner in the Health Foundation SHINE 2011 awards. The team lead by Dr Ruth Chambers submitted an application for the awards based on the use of Simple Telehealth to control hypertension in general practice. This extra dimension to the control and management of hypertension should reduce hospital admittances for a range of related conditions and help to avoid or delay Chronic Kidney Disease and Stroke amongst many others. 


NHS Stoke-on-Trent has won a prestigious grant from the Health Foundation for a SHINE project to evaluate the effectiveness of Simple Telehealth in the reduction of hospital admissions for hypertensive patients. 


Poor blood pressure control is linked to increased hospital admissions, greater use of the NHS and poor outcomes, yet half of hypertensive patients do not have it under control. 135,000 patients experience first or recurrent stroke in England and Wales each year. It is the third biggest cause of death and the most important single cause of severe adult disability. 
Hypertension is: 
  • the cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) 
  • the cause of stroke critical in the management of chronic kidney disease (CKD) 
  • an important preventable cause of premature morbidity 
  • and mortality 


Harnessing the potential of Simple Telehealth aka Florence to assist patients and professionals to better control hypertension, the project will involve at least 200 patients and 600 controls across a range of General Practice environments. Each patient will receive a blood pressure monitor and professional oversight, although oversight is not required in the daily monitoring of patients. 
The project kicks off in March 2011 with the recruitment of practices. Watch this space ! 
The project expects: 
  • More effective management of stages 3 and 4 CKD Improved blood pressure control 
  • Improved patient self management 
  • Reduction in face to face consultations 
  • Reduction in hospital outpatient referrals and admissions for deterioration Chronic Kidney Disease from Stages 3 to Stage 5 
  • Reductions in hospital admissions from stroke, falls and fractures