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Welcome to the December TSA eLink newsletter
Sent exclusively to TSA members every month, eLink keeps everyone informed about the latest TSA and TEC industry developments and news.
In this issue:
  • A message from our Chief Executive
  • TSA to run data and cyber security project
  • TEC Quality News
  • New TSA members
  • 2019 dates for your diary
  • TSA member news
  • Industry News
A Message from our Chief Executive

On Behalf of everyone at TSA I’d like to wish all of our members, stakeholders and the wider TEC sector warm wishes for the festive season.

It’s been a fantastic year for the TEC sector, some challenges along the way, and no doubt some to come in the New Year. As we look back over the past 12 months there have been many great examples of innovation and excellence across the industry.

Read my end of year blog for a recap of what 2018 delivered and what 2019 might bring.

Finally I’d like to personally thank all TSA members for your support during the past year and to remind everyone that together we are stronger.

Alyson Scurfield
Chief Executive
TSA commissioned to undertake a TEC data and cyber security discovery programme

The TSA has been commissioned by Care Provider Alliance, in collaboration with the Local Government Association and Department of Health and Social Care to undertake a Technology Enabled Care data and cyber security discovery programme. The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together the ten main national associations which represent independent and voluntary adult social care providers in England.

Read more here
TEC Quality recommended for UKAS Accreditation

TEC Quality are pleased to announce that they have been recommended for accreditation by UKAS – the UK’s National Accreditation Service. UKAS are the organisation that quality assess assessment bodies and are responsible for determining, in the public interest, the integrity of organisations such as those offering certification services.
Left to right – Ian Clayton, TSA Finance Director, Alyson Scurfield, TSA Chief Executive, Louise Sanders, UKAS Development Project Manager, Sheena Wyllie, UKAS Technical Expert, Paul Finch, TEC Quality Scheme Manager, Wendy Hodgson, TEC Quality Auditor.
TEC Quality appoints new chair

David Pearson CBE has been appointed as the new TEC Quality chair.
David has wide experience of leadership at a local, national and regional level in care and health and wider public services. He has led a number of major change programmes and is a Past President of the Association Directors of Adult Social Services and continues to act as an advisor to the government on social care and health reform.
Welcoming new TSA members

Thank you to everyone who has sent us their profile and social links, we’re happy to greet the latest new members to the TSA fold in December:

InTouch Health
Vivid Homes
Please send profiles and social channel links to
We also like to socialise with all TSA members so please follow our social media channels and we’ll return the favour. We use Twitter and LinkedIn to push out member news.
Case Studies

We’re always keen to receive case studies from TSA members so if you’ve got something to say that has a clear outcome, shows innovation and can be structured in to how a particular challenge was overcome them please send the details to

Need inspiration or guidance? Existing case studies can be found here
2019 Events and key dates for your diary
The International Technology Enabled Care Conference 2019 – 15th & 16th October 2019
TSA are delighted to announce that the 2019 ITEC conference will return to the ICC, Birmingham on Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th October 2019
We are also pleased to announce that the 2019 ITEC Awards will be presented as part of the conference at the prestigious gala dinner that takes place on the evening of the 15th October 2019
Regional TSA events in 2019
The TSA Regional TSA Connect Innovation Showcases were extremely popular in 2018 and we will see several more of these in 2019. Details will be circulated in the New Year.
TSA Surgeries – New in 2019
2019 will see the launch of the TSA surgeries, local events aimed at finding out about the latest work of TSA. These events will be your opportunity to meet with the TSA team and also with other members in your area and to get answers to any questions that you may have. Further details will be released early in the New Year
TSA Summer Forum, 26th & 27th June 2019, ExCel London
The TSA Summer Forum will once again be held at this years at Health+Care event. TSA will be supporting the content on the Technology Enabled Care Theatre and we look forward to sharing more details on this in the New Year.
Partner and external events for 2019
During 2019 TSA will support a number of different events over the course of the year, starting with Naidex in March.
Innovations for the Future of Independent Living
TSA have partnered with Naidex this year, for more info on the show click here
For details of the other events we have already committed to support please visit the TSA website.
TSA Member News

Anchor and Hanover complete merger
Elderly housing, care and support services organisations Hanover and Anchor have announced their merger.
Industry news

Robotics in Social Care - Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology report
Report on robotic technology and the main ways it has been developed for use in social care.

Social care green paper delayed until New Year
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that the expected Social Care Green Paper has been delayed until the New Year.

Digital Health and INTEROPen have formed a partnership to accelerate the adoption of interoperability.
The joint partnership brings together the communities of both organisations through a wide-ranging programme of knowledge transfer, collaborative working and leadership development.

NICE publishes new standards to develop digital health technology
New standards, published today, set out the requirements needed to develop digital health technologies for the NHS and speed uptake of products like healthcare apps and wearable devices.

Health and Social Care Secretary bans fax machines in NHS
Matt Hancock has banned the NHS from buying fax machines and has ordered a complete phase-out by April 2020

Amazon’s new machine learning tool to decode unstructured medical data
Amazon has launched a new machine learning platform capable of extracting relevant medical data from unstructured text

The rise of technology in care: how will it affect workers?
From smart trousers to humanoid robots, technological developments could revolutionise social care, but concerns have been raised by those employed in the sector

Wales invests £3m to improve access to digital health services
The Welsh health secretary has announced a £3 million investment to help improve staff and patient access to technology.

10 essential reforms to revolutionise social care
Ahead of the government’s long-awaited green paper, these are the building blocks for big-picture change
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