Tele-therapy provides distance learning and support (using webcam and broadband technology) for conversation practise between the ARCOS Centre and clients in their own home. It improves patient access to expert help, including from trained volunteers. The programme is an efficient and cost effective way to address unmet need and reduce isolation and other consequences of communication disability. Our aim is to develop a mentoring service using this technology to support family members and other carers.
A small-scale pilot project was carried out at sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. This was a tremendous success; recognised by local and national Chambers of Commerce with an Innovation Through Technology Award, followed by Impact of Technology on your Business (Regional Winner).