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Technology trial

TIHM for dementia

Do you have dementia? Or do you care for someone with dementia?

If so, there is a chance to join a major NHS study to see how smart technology could offer you vital, extra support at home.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society need 1,400 people to get involved in TIHM for dementia.

TIHM stands for Technology Integrated Health Management and sees small devices placed around the home.

A series of sensors, apps and trackers monitor a patient's health and patterns of behaviour, identifying when there is a problem and alerting emergency care staff.

This £5m project is a major NHS trial and it is being led by Surrey and Borders Partnership. 


The Technology


Dr Payam Barnaghi is Reader in Machine Intelligence at the University of Surrey, which has created some of the technology used in the trial.

He explains a bit more about the tech and how it could lead to doctors being able to act more quickly:


TIHM for dementia - at a glance

Small internet-connected devices are placed around the home

The devices collect data about a person's health and wellbeing

They learn patterns of behaviour and pick up any changes, suggesting someone may be unwell

Examples include: Sensors showing how much sleep someone is getting or whether they are eating normally

Clinicians monitor the live data and respond to any alerts

It's hoped early intervention will prevent crises and the need for hospital or care home admissions

The technology could relieve some pressure on carers 

What is it all about? 

Dr Helen Rostill tells us:


Who is eligible for the trial?

1,400 people are needed to trial TIHM for dementia - that is 700 people with dementia and 700 carers.

To be eligible to take part you must meet all of these criteria:

- Live in Surrey or North East Hampshire
- Have a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia
- Be able and willing to give your consent to take part
- Have a regular carer (this can be a friend or family member) who is willing to take part

Half of the people accepted onto the trial will be randomly chosen to receive the technology, the other half will form the control group.

Both groups will play a vital role in helping to determine if the scheme is a success.

Could you take part?

What would it mean?

Dr Helen Rostill has the details:


How to find out more

If you are interested in taking part in this major NHS trial then you need to do one of the following:

1. Visit an Open Day:

Two events are being held in October, where people can go along to find out more.

At the events, you will be able to talk to dementia experts and see the technology for yourself.

Wednesday 19th October
G Live, Guildford (GU1 2AA)
10am - 3pm

Saturday 29th October
Harlequin Theatre, Redhill (RH1 1NN)
10am - 3pm

If you would like to attend one of the Open Days, you need to register your interest by emailing: communications@sabp.nhs.uk

2. Visit the Surrey and Borders Partnership website:

There is plenty of information about the trial on the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.

This is also where you can also register your interest to take part.

3. Pick up the phone:

If you would rather speak to someone about the trial over the phone - call: 01932 722 247



Who else is involved?

This large project brings together a number of partners working side by side:

Alzheimer’s Society

The University of Surrey

Royal Holloway University of London

Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network

Public Intelligence

NHS East Surrey CCG

NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG

NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG

NHS North West Surrey CCG

NHS Surrey Downs CCG

NHS Surrey Heath CCG

There are nine technology innovators working on the project too:


eLucid mHealth

Halliday James

Safe Patient Systems






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