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Telecare and Independent Ageing Conference

AKTIVE project

Friday, 17 May 2013 from 09:15 to 16:00 (BST)

Telecare and Independent Ageing Conference

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Who is this conference for?

  • Any organization which buys, sells, manufacturers, develops or designs telecare or related ICT technologies
  • Any organization involved in the design, delivering, providing or commissioning telecare services or other services targeted primarily at older people  
  • Organizations which provide support for older people and carers
  • Organization considering entering this market

If none of the above options apply to your organization, please get in touch with the organizers prior to registering for this event. Thank you.

The conference will be an opportunity to examine the current state of telecare delivery and to locate this in the wider context of the support available to older people living at home. The conference will bring together specialists in telecare development, design, marketing, implementation and delivery to discuss strengths and weakness of current arrangements and to explore ideas for using telecare more effectively.

The conference comes mid-way through the AKTIVE project and will be used to inform the project’s development and outputs in its final year (June 2013-May 2014). The conference is funded by the AKTIVE project, which is part of the Technology Strategy Board’s Assisted Living Innovation Platform, and organised by AKTIVE partners the University of Leeds and Inventya Ltd with support from a planning group which also includes AKTIVE consortium members.


Conference programme

Registration starts at 0915 followed by Opening Plenary at 0945 with presentations from AKTIVE research.  Between 1045 - 1215 there will be 3 parallel morning workshops for which we will require you to register your interest. Lunch will be served between 1215 - 1300 during which you will have an opportunity to network with participants from other workshops. Should anybody be interested in exhibiting opportunities, please get in touch for further details.

Afternoon workshops will start at 1430 and finish at 1445, after which there will be a short coffee break. During the closing plenary session, all participants will have the chance to listen to the summary of key points discussed during each workshop. After the closing plenary the venue will stay open until at least 1600 to give participants the opportunity to continue their discussion, should they wish to. 


Registering for workshop sessions

Please be aware that each workshop has a limited capacity. The maximum number of participants per workshop is 30. Places in workshops will be allocated on first come first serve basis.

Should there be no more space available in your preferred workshop, we will aim to accommodate you according to your secondary preferences.

Every workshop will have a rapporteur who will record and note down the key points discussed and during the final plenary session these will be presented to all attendees.

All participants will also receive a copy of summary of issues discussed for each workshop after the event.


Morning workshops

A: Telecare: designing products and systems for older people at home

This session will focus on the design of telecare products and delivery models.

  • Who are the stakeholders in telecare delivery?
  • What are the value propositions for these stakeholders?
  • Who benefits from older people’s use of telecare?

Prof. Peter Buckle, Robens Institute

Confirmed speakers and their presentations:

The challenge of designing telecare solutions  by Richard Farrell-Smith, Product Manager, Tunstall Ltd.

Co-production of assisted living technologies  by  Joe Wherton, Queen Mary University, ATHENE Research project

People centred approaches: routes to information, insight and inspiration    by Chris McGinley, Senior Associate, Age and Ability Lab, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art

Rapporteur: Dr. Emanuela Bianchera, CIRCLE at University of Leeds


B: Telecare marketing and distribution: opportunities and barriers

This session will examine the penetration of telecare technologies across the UK and European market.

  • What are the most common routes to market and why?
  • What are the emerging business models which could lead to wider telecare and assisted living technology uptake?
  • Could telecare products be sold via major retailers, and would this encourage wider uptake?
  • How to deliver telecare solutions which older consumers want?

Valerie De Leonibus, Director, Inventya Ltd.

Confirmed speakers and their presentations:

Consumer attitudes to  purchase electronic Assistive  Living Technology  in the future  by  Simon Fielden, Director, Health, Design and Technology Institute (HDTI), University of Coventry

How telecare technologies reach end-users today and in the future  by  Radka Bartosova, Healthcare Innovation Consultant, Inventya Ltd.

TBC  Ian Rutter, Engage Business Network, Age UK

Rapporteur: Charlotte Fox, Innovation Consultant, Inventya Ltd.


C: Telecare as a support in older people’s lives

This session will bring together speakers to discuss the needs, including medical conditions and life situations, of older people who use telecare:

  • How can telecare support independent living and how does it relate to other technologies
  • What specific needs clients with dementia or falls have that telecare can support?
  • Does telecare meet needs of clients and their carers?

Prof. Murna Downs, Bradford Dementia Group

Confirmed speakers and their presentations:

Realising Telecare potential: Policy and Evidence (TBC) by Prof Alan Roulstone, Professor of Disability and Inclusion, University of Northumbria

Assistive technology to maintain older people at home (TBC) by Dr. Adam Darowski, Consultant Geriatrician, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to help empower older people by Dr. Elizabeth Hanson, Scientific Leader, Swedish Family Care Competence Centre

Rapporteur: Dr. Emma-Reetta Koivunen, Research Fellow at CIRCLE, University of Leeds 

Afternoon workshops

D: Commissioning and delivering telecare

This session will explore the approaches and rationales used by local authorities and others who commission, install and make assessments for telecare to understand the value propositions for various stakeholders

  • Who should pay telecare costs?
  • How should costs and benefits be monitored and assessed?
  • Whose expectations about the equipment and the services related to it should be met?

Anne Smyth, Director, The Carers' Resource

Confirmed speakers and their presentations:

Telecare in Leeds by Marianne Howard, Telecare Technical Advisor, Leeds City Council

Telecare in Scotland by Moira Mackenzie, Telecare Development Manager, The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

Impact Assessment : Lessons learnt from the analysis of 12 ICT based solutions for caregivers from the CARICT project by Stephanie Carretero, European Commission

Rapporteur: Dr. Gary Fry, CIRCLE, University of Leeds


E: Integrating telecare into older people’s caring networks

This session will bring together speakers to discuss the contribution telecare can make to improving the way homecare services, carers and older people work together to achieve better outcomes for everyone involved in the ‘caring network’ needed to support independence and quality of life

  • What is the impact of telecare on caring roles?
  • What are the training and information needs of care workers and unpaid carers regarding telecare?

Diane Buddery, Project Manager, Skills for Care

Confirmed speakers and their presentations:

Telecare: a modern solution for modern families by Madeleine Starr, Head of Innovation, Carers UK

Enhancing homecare with telecare – a missed opportunity (TBC) by Lucianne Sawyer, President, United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA)

What are the training and information needs of care workers by Andrea Wigfield, Deputy Director, CIRCLE, University of Leeds

Rapporteur: Dr. Kate Hamblin, Oxford Institute of Ageing


F: Developing and expanding the telecare product range

This session explores current and future opportunities for product development and considers how telecare works alongside other technologies

  • What are future possibilities for telecare products?
  • What are the opportunities to improve interconnectivity between telecare equipment and other technologies?
  • How is the telecare product development balanced between the needs of telecare users and commissioners?

Graham Worsley, ALIP, Technology Strategy Board

Confirmed speakers and their presentation:

Telecare platforms of the Future by John Eaglesham, Chief Executive, Advanced Digital Institute

Don’t commission it, sell it to the consumer by Paul Thomas, Enterprise Architect, Microsoft

Moving to scale – providing choice and personalisation  by George Macginnis, Director, PA Consulting

Rapporteur: Radka Bartosova, Healthcare Innovation Consultant, Inventya Ltd.

Do you have questions about Telecare and Independent Ageing Conference? Contact AKTIVE project

When & Where

Academy of Medical Sciences
41 Portland Place
W1B 1QH London
United Kingdom

Friday, 17 May 2013 from 09:15 to 16:00 (BST)

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AKTIVE project

The organizing team on behalf of the AKTIVE project consists of CIRCLE at University of Leeds and Inventya Ltd.

Please contact Radka Bartosova at with enquiries about the event.

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