Connected Health launches ‘Carbon Neutral Care’ upon visit of Permanent Secretary

  • Connected Health has launched its new Carbon Neutral Care initiative during a visit by Department of Health Permanent Secretary, Peter May, to the domiciliary care provider’s Belfast HQ.

    The initiative will see the introduction of a fleet of electric cars and electric bicycles to help address the challenges associated with rising fuel costs for care workers and reduce Connected Health’s carbon footprint. The move forms part of the company’s ‘Intelligent Care’ programme to deliver homecare 2.0 across Northern Ireland.

    Peter, who was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health in April, met with the senior management team at Connected Health to hear first-hand how the company is reimagining the way home care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

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    Connected Health Director, Ryan Williams, said:  “Mr May was given an outline of Connected Health’s range of exciting initiatives to both relieve pressure on the healthcare system and allow more people to receive the highest quality care in the comfort of their own homes. Our teams are dedicated to delivering sustainable solutions to delayed hospital discharge and to improving hospital-to-home pathways for our aging population. Through our Carbon Neutral Care initiative, we are now also ensuring we are doing what we can to sustain a healthy environment for future generations.”

    The green initiative involves the deployment of electric cars and electric bicycles to community-based teams. The company says they will be closely monitoring how this new approach helps mitigate some of the challenges associated with rising fuel costs for carers. 

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    Commenting on his visit, Peter May, Department of Health Permanent Secretary, added: “Those in receipt of homecare are often amongst the most vulnerable in our society and I am hugely grateful to all who deliver this essential service. I am also very mindful of the challenges facing the social care sector and welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Connected Health team today. It’s very clear that the company is committed to innovating in order to transform homecare service provision in Northern Ireland.”

    As part of its Intelligent Care programme rollout in Northern Ireland, Connected Health recently (June 2022) unveiled Europe’s first online homecare configurator, a care package builder which enables private clients and their families to build bespoke packages of care from a menu of options in a matter of minutes.

    The new platform provides a one-stop-shop where packages of physical care can be easily integrated with wearable technology, medication devices and virtual care service offerings.

     Source: Written from press release.

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