I offer Project Management and facilitator skills to develop a tailored Telecare and Telehealth service strategy to suit clients requirements, through to implementation and recruitment of staff.

Experienced in working with Local Authorities (10 years working for a Social Services Dept. assessing for AT and managing  their Mobility Showroom and Lifestyle Centre), NHS, Third Sector Organizations and manufacturers of AT in a consultative approach. As an example I produced and wrote up a 3 year Strategy for providing an integrated Telecare service across the County of one of the  Home Counties. This strategy examined future potential demand for telecare and provided a gap analysis of current provision and made recommendations as to future direction and how a service could be integrated.

I began the implementation process by identifying Partners, setting up Working Groups for three projects I identified: Falls including an innovative physical response service assisting fallers to their feet using a third sector partner to provide the injury assessment and manual handling expertise; a Telehealth project to provide equipment, training and integration within Community Matron and GP Practice and a Dementia project in which I arranged to supply stand-alone technology assessment kits to offer support to service users and their carers to live independently within their own home. I also undertook and oversaw the recruitment of a Telecare Commissioning Manager, Project Officer and a Telecare Technician. This provided continuity,  capacity and momentum for the Telecare service to move forward with the strategy I developed when my contract expired.

I developed their smart flat to incorporate the latest Telecare sensors together with supplying a wide range of stand-alone technology and if you view the Complementary AT section – an innovative riser recliner chair solution for incorporating  pressure warning pads in an unobtrusive way to alert carers/monitoring services, so maintaining the original appearance of the chair together with the dignity of the person using the chair.

Creating awareness of what technology is available to users and their carers is important. I arranged the supply of Telecare demonstration and stand-alone technology kits to a carers organization for them to take on road shows to demonstrate the benefits of this technology.

Carried out an AT Product and Market Review on behalf of a client and wrote up a report with analysis of their current product range, comparison and contrast with competitor products, suggestions and signposting to potential Partners.

I have worked closely with a large Independent Living Centre undertaking a Review of their current activities, identifying and making suggestions and recommendations as to future direction.

Many years practical experience of working within the Assistive Technology field and in particular Electronic Assistive Technologies such as Telecare, Telehealth and Environmental Control Technology. This includes developing and changing culture within organisations to integrate this type of technology, working closely with both frontline staff and managers at all levels, to enable understanding the potential benefits through awareness and training for their clients.

MSc in Assistive Technology from Kings College London.

Specialist Practitioner ATPSoc of the Assistive Technology Practitioner Society.

Previously I have worked for several yeard on behalf of a Finnish manufacturer to introduce a Stove Alarm and Cooker Top Safety System system into the UK to support vulnerable people to manage their cooking activities so as to be able to live independently within the home. This is proving very popular, with several Fire Services and Housing Associations using them to support their more vulnerable tenants. We have now signed up several distributors from various market sectors but still looking for  distributors with experience of supply and installation of technology working within the Health and Social Care sector.

I can undertake Telecare awareness training, develop smart flats, etc.

Published Papers:

Orton, M (2008) Factors that may be considered by Occupational Therapists during the assessment of clients for Assistive Technology and whether it permeates through to the eventual prescription. Journal of Assistive Technologies Vol 2 (1) 11-22, March 2008, Pavillion Journals: Brighton.

Orton, M (2010) Is there more to supporting people within their own home than just providing Telecare? Journal of Assistive Technologies Vol 4 (3) 20-24, Sept 2010, Pavilion Journals: Brighton.

Kevin Doughty, Mike Orton (2014) ‘AT and telecare to manage fire risks in the homes of Older People? Journal of Assistive Technologies   Marc h 2014.   Vol.  8 (1) 35-43.

Some examples of  organizations I have carried out project work for:

Cornwall Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Bath Institute of Medical Engineering

Wiltshire & Bath Independent Living Centre


A RegBHTA  ATP Specialist Practitioner of the British Healthcare Trade Association


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