Councillor Steve Bedser, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Birmingham City Council was interviewed on the Pete Morgan Breakfast Show recently for BBC West Midlands to discuss the ways in which the council is reducing the number of people going into residential homes.

Tunstall has been working with Birmingham City Council to deliver a large-scale, city-wide telecare service, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. The Birmingham Telecare Service, which is expected to benefit up to 25,000 people over the next two years, marks a significant milestone in how the city council is supporting more adults to remain in their homes for longer.

During the interview, Councillor Bedser said: “High quality telecare, where we have a high level of confidence in the people providing the service on our behalf, will generate the most fantastic, life-changing opportunities for people to stay at home. It’s about delivering value for money, and our technology partner, Tunstall, came forward with an exceptional offer.

“One of the key things about Tunstall’s offering and one of the reasons it has been so successful in Birmingham is the integrity of their promise to work with service users to developing, changing and refining to make sure that the telecare offer is what people want.”

Also interviewed on the show was Mark Bannister, Managing Director of West Midlands telecare provider Welbeing, talking about their recent report which found that people want to stay in their own homes, but they need the right help to be able to do so.