Learning disability

Improving the lives of people with learning disabilities and carers using toolkits of technology

HfTThis Carers Week, Steve Barnard, Strategic Director of Innovation at Hft, describes how Hft (a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities) has used personalised (also known as assistive) technology to support people with learning disabilities and carers to live more independent, safe and healthy lives.

From specialist telecare systems to simple safer bath-plugs, personalised technology can have a huge impact on people with learning disabilities, giving them more […]

Enhancing Tom’s life with Connected Care

Lowri and AinsleyLowri Fon-Jones and Ainsley Bowles, Telehealthcare Development Consultants blog about personalising Connected Care solutions.

One of the biggest challenges in social care right now is being able to deliver high quality, personalised care and support within the existing resources. Many providers are now required to reduce the cost of their service delivery and are needing to create different, more cost efficient but effective ways of working.

So how about […]

10 tips for OTs using AT in LD

Zoe Belford

Hello, I am Zoe Belford. I am the owner of Occupational Therapy Consultants (OTC) Ltd. In this first blog, I would like to introduce myself and my company and provide an overview of the benefits of assistive technology (AT) and occupational therapy (OT) to people who have a learning disability (LD) and the community health and social care teams that support them.

I have been a Consultant OT for 12 years. […]

By |November 13th, 2014|Features|0 Comments

Thinking differently at Dimensions


Luke Joy-Smith, Regional Managing Director – West at Dimensions, a specialist provider of services for people with learning disabilities and people who experience autism, tells us about the launch of the new partnership with Tunstall.


On Wednesday 8 October I was at Pride Park, the home of Derby County Football Club. It was an entirely appropriate place to launch an initiative of which I am extremely proud to be a part.

We are […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Features|0 Comments

Personalisation and learning disability services


Kevin Alderson, Public Sector Policy Director at Tunstall Healthcare, discusses how trends in learning disability services are shaping our thinking about technology as an enabler.

There are around 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. The combined NHS and local authority expenditure for children and adults with learning disabilities has been the fastest growing budget in social care. While the industry has moved away from institutionalised care, some […]

By |August 11th, 2014|Features|1 Comment

Using telecare to promote independence


Leonie is a 30 year-old mum from Coventry who has a learning disability. Leonie receives 12 hours of support each week from Real Life Options, a national voluntary organisation dedicated to providing person-centred support for people with learning disabilities. Leonie’s package of support includes help to attend appointments and events, as well as help with shopping and managing finances. However, a challenge arose when Leonie […]

By |February 14th, 2014|Case studies|1 Comment