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Improving lives – assistive technology and supported housing

Wednesday 18 June 2014


ADASS West Midlands, together with the Black Country Collaborative Working Group hosted this informative one day event which aimed to increase awareness and appreciation of assistive technology products and the huge range of benefits they offer both residents and housing providers.

The outputs from the day are now available below


Health and Housing – making the connections
Domini Gunn, Director Health & Wellbeing, Chartered Institute of Housing
Using technology to support better health outcomes
Dr Amit Arora, Chairman, British Geriatrics Society
From Poundland to Broadband
Jim Ellam, Commissioning Manager & Assistive Technology Project Lead, Staffordshire County Council
Back to the Future: From traditional alarms services to new smart technology
Karen Foster, Business Development Manager, Stafford and Rural Homes
Creating the right environment for technology enabled care services
Annie Thompson, Technology Enabled Care Services Programme Lead, NHS England
Closing remarks
Stuart Lackenby, Adult, Community & Housing Services, Dudley MBC


Biographies of Keynote Speakers


  1. How Sandwell & Staffordshire are leading the way in deploying video communication in to people’s homes
    Alasdair Morrison, STAY Service Manager, Sandwell MBC
  2. Sheltered housing in Dudley Borough and the contribution telecare plays here.
    Marie Spittle, Temporary Head of Service Access and Prevention, Dudley MBC
  3. Assistive Technology – Improving care and saving money. Focusing on how assistive technologies and digital inclusion can be used to create a new model of delivery through an enhanced living scheme. Promoting homes for life, integrating care and support with assistive technology at the heart of everything we do.
    Simon Herdsfield, Head of Customer Services, Herefordshire Housing Ltd.
  4. The box of Trix – low level equipment helping people remain independent at home – Staffordshire & Stoke -on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust.
    Lee Owen, Community Development Coordinator, Staffordshire & Stoke -on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust.
  5. The Community Housing Group – creating inclusive communities. Rising to the challenge of reduced funding while meeting increased demands for telecare and telehealth services.
    Nigel Fain, Head of Care and Support Services, The Community Housing Group
  6. Stafford and Rural Homes – providing a platinum telecare service. Joint working with CCG’s, care homes and health and social care providers.
    Karen Foster, Business Development Manager, and Liz Lewis, Telecare Manager, Stafford and Rural Homes.
  7. DOREMI – an EU project. This innovative project focuses on active ageing lifestyle compliance, appropriately stimulated in creative and personalised ways through a set of serious games.

Rowland Sandys, Head of IT for ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Rachael Dutton, Head of Research and Intelligence for Accord Group
Professor Oberdan Parodi, CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology (Italy)
Michael Spellman, EOP Co-ordinator for ExtraCare Charitable Trust

  1. Less State, More Individual – The barriers and enablers that are affecting greater purchase and use of Assistive Technology.
    David Silver, Director, Years Ahead



Getconnected has been produced by a group of interested individuals working
for Housing Associations and Local Authorities across the West Midlands.
We have been funded by the Black Country Housing Group and the idea for this newsletter
emerged from a Getconnected conference held in June 2014.

      • GETCONNECTED  – People and staff who use assistive technology talking about what it means to them. A useful free film to use with tenants and staff in supported housing.
      • NHS ENGLAND’S BUSINESS PLAN PRIORITIES are brought to life by the voices of patients and staff describing the outcomes they want from NHS care. The film sets out how NHS England and CCGs can commission high quality care that is built around patients and puts them first.





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