Jul 14, 2021
Tunstall has supported the development of the County Councils Network’s (CCN) latest Analysis Report; Employing Assistive Technology in Adult Social Care, which provides unique insight into the status of assistive technology in local authorities in England, and makes a series of recommendations to Government.
CCN is the national voice for England’s county councils, and it prepared the report following a survey of its 36 member authorities, an expert roundtable comprising representatives of CCN’s member authorities involved in the strategic delivery of social care services, and a review of relevant literature.
The survey shows that three quarters (75%) of councils report that the benefits of assistive technology are being partially realised within their authorities, almost two thirds (65%) have an assistive technology strategy in place, and 50% believe that their strategy is proactive in supporting their citizens’ situations, needs, and conditions. However, the report also found that more can be done to place AT at the centre of local adult social care, and that rurality, costs, and a lack of knowledge are significant barriers.
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