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Council member Paul Doyle helps shape assisted living technology policy

Council member Paul Doyle helps shape assisted living technology policy

A lack of training is a major barrier to the adoption of assisted living technology in the UK, BATA Council member Paul Doyle recently told a major conference on the topic.

Paul, who is Access, Research and Development Manager at Hereward College, in Coventry, was among panellists at the Technology Strategy Board’s recent Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP) Showcase at Liverpool Football Club.

“Although the technology is pretty much in place, a major barrier to adoption and implementation is a lack of education and training across all sectors charged with delivering assisted living solutions and services,” Paul told his audience of businesses and academics funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

“Once people are confident that they know what the technology is and what it is intended to do, then and only then will the market grow in the manner anticipated by the Technology Strategy Board.”

Paul believes that the tools used to deliver telecare services could be used as a platform to support informal learning, for example how to manage one's own health conditions or that of a loved one.

He noted that technology is only an integral component of a solution that requires a person centred approach in order to best meet the needs of the individual and to ensure value for money on behalf of the funder.

During the panel session, Paul asked the audience what gaps needed most attention, including:

  • A more positive policy
  • Joined up and intelligent health and social care procurers
  • A consumer-driven market
  • Positive media campaigns
  • Education, training and skills

The need for a consumer driven market came out top in a poll conducted using smartphones.

What do you think? Send your views to BATA’s Executive Director barbara.phillips@bataonline.org