Hft and Tunstall Healthcare, a company specialising in connected healthcare solutions, have united to campaign for the government to include a ‘Sector Deal’ for the learning disability sector as part of their UK Industrial Strategy – a long term plan for the future aimed at backing businesses to drive productivity through investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.

With social care funding in crisis, forming an economic partnership with the government through such a deal would encourage business investment that could unlock the potential of assistive technologies in transforming the way support is delivered to people with learning disabilities, increasing independence and freeing-up staff to focus on more meaningful support.

Such a deal would stimulate innovation and investment in future services, bring financial sustainability to providers within the sector, and ultimately deliver enhanced outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

What is the government’s ‘Industrial Strategy’?

The UK Industrial Strategy is a flagship policy proposal of the government that aims to boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK by investing in skills, industries and infrastructure.

What is a ‘Sector Deal’?

A Sector Deal is a partnership between government and industry on sector-specific issues to help create opportunities to boost productivity, innovation, skills and employment. The UK Industrial Strategy encouraged sectors to put forward proposals for a ‘Sector Deal’ to the government for consideration.

What are Hft and Tunstall Healthcare doing?

We are today holding an event at the House of Lords to launch a new report that highlights the challenges faced by a social care sector in financial crisis at a time when demand is growing, and lay out the case for a deal for the learning disability sector, focused on realising the potential of technology to boost investment and transform the way care is delivered. The paper outlines the key arguments for an economic partnership with the government as part of the UK Industrial Strategy.

More than 100 guests, including MPs, Peers and civil servants, as well as social care providers and telecare organisations will attend a reception hosted by Hft Chair of Trustees and Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care Spokesperson, Baroness Jolly. Hft Chief Executive, Robert Longley-Cook, will present the need for a Sector Deal, and Managing Director of Tunstall, Gavin Bashar, will highlight the benefits of including technology in services. William, a person supported by Hft will also speak about the positive difference that personalised assistive technologies have made to the support that they receive. Browse our Virtual Smarthouse to see the kinds of technology that can make a difference in increasing people’s safety, and boosting independence.

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Attendees will be invited to pledge their support for the Sector Deal and have the opportunity to be involved in shaping what that would look like.

“With the funding crisis affecting the sustainability of adult social care, the sector and the government must come together to successfully negotiate a learning disability Sector Deal.”

Robert Longley-Cook, Hft Chief Executive

“Tunstall is proud to support the Sector Deal proposal, and its aim of delivering wide-ranging economic benefits and progressing towards a better future for people with learning disabilities in the UK.”

Gavin Bashar, Managing Director UK & Ireland, Tunstall Healthcare

Download the report

Assistive technologies and the case for a Sector Deal for the learning disability sector