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The Team

Firas Sarhan

Firas Sarhan is the Director and lead academic for the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living. Previously Senior Lecturer in the School of Advanced & Continuing Practice at Buckinghamshire New University, he set up CETAL in March 2012 with the aim of identifying how the application of technology can support the needs of individuals living in the community, to ensure a safe quality of care and to improve their quality of life.

Firas is a Registered General Nurse, specialising in spinal cord injury nursing. He has more than 20 years experience in acute, rehabilitation and continuing care of people with spinal cord injury. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and has several publications on the areas of telehealth and spinal cord injury care.

Through partnership and collaborative work, we aim to promote innovation to meet these needs. Our strategy is to examine service redesign in key areas of health provision by working with clinicians and commercial companies, as well as to develop training packages in Telehealth, Telecare and Assisted Living for professionals.



  • How can CETAL help you?


  • Our services include:

    • Research across both public and private sector organisations;
    • Consultancy to develop your work-force expertise across all clinical, service, market, product and educational aspects of Telehealth;
    • Project evaluation;
    • Teaching and learning, including lectures and specific training programmes for clinical staff

  • We assist healthcare professionals and postgraduate students to implement telehealth programmes. We can help with planning, piloting, commissioning, delivery, governance, finance and evaluation - a truly collaborative and supportive approach.
  • Our Packages


  • Our packages include support for:

    • Chronic breathing conditions;
    • Diabetes;
    • Dementia;
    • Spinal-cord injury;
    • Care of the elderly;
    • Neurological and mental health conditions.

    You can find further details in our online brochure