Hft has welcomed the re-appointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Last Monday (15 July), Hft, in partnership with Tunstall Healthcare, published a policy paperImproving Outcomes, Enhancing Care: Assistive technologies and the case for a Sector Deal for the learning disability sector – which put forward proposals for a Sector Deal for the learning disability sector under the government’s Industrial Strategy.    

Billy Davis, Public Affairs & Policy Manager at Hft, commented:

“At a time when the social care sector is facing many challenges, the reappointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State is a welcome piece of continuity for the sector.

“Matt Hancock’s enthusiasm for the increased use of technology in health and social care is well documented. Our recent policy paper highlights how a Sector Deal could realise the untapped potential for increased use of assistive technologies when supporting adults with learning disabilities.

“Our proposals came in part as a reaction to continued delays to the social care green paper under the previous government. With a new Cabinet now in place, we look forward to working with Matt Hancock to negotiate a Sector Deal for the learning disability sector.” 

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About Hft

Hft is a UK charity supporting more than 2,900 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft, please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit www.hft.org.uk/resources-and-guidance