Guest blog post

Our latest post comes from Phil Gleeson, Chair of FhITE and Vice-chair of Leeds Involving People’s Board who talks to us about what the groups do and plans for the future.

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When equipment says no!

 No one likes it when their equipment lets them down; whether it’s an office worker with a frozen laptop or a gardener with a leaky hose. But when you rely on it for day to day tasks and especially for being independent it’s absolutely essential it doesn’t fail. That’s where the Forum for Health Innovation Technology and Equipment – or FhITE – comes in.

With support from local charity Leeds Involving People, the forum exists to give members a voice on technology, aids and equipment – from raising issues to suggesting solutions.

FhITE was created in October 2014, and was formerly known as the Equipment Advisory Group (EAG). We encourage service users to bring up any problems they encounter with equipment supplied by Leeds Community Equipment Services (LCES). We then aim to resolve these issues.

We are also an arena for new ideas, aiding in the development of innovative technology. Our members work alongside developers and technicians to develop and feedback new ideas and products being trialled.  If you have a problem with your disability and feel some form of equipment or technology may assist you, but you aren’t sure what, please get in touch using the details below.

It’s an exciting time to be involved in FhITE – just this year, members took part in an innovative hub session at ALL INN where they looked at a new system currently in development for people at risk of type 2 diabetes. Over the past 12 months members have met with Telecare, ALL, Leeds Irish Health and Homes, and with training officers at Leeds Community Equipment Service.

Plans for the future include talks with developers and suppliers. Most importantly, we are always looking for new members. If you use equipment and technology to help stay independent, or if you care for someone who does, please get in touch with Leeds Involving People by calling 0113 237 4508 or emailing Lucy.smith@leedsinvolvement.org.uk

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