THE ASSOCIATION OF Directors of Adult Services has organised a ground-breaking event to showcase some of the best apps to help people with care needs and their carers. 130 delegates are already registered and ADASS expects to reach the 225 capacity crowd in Leeds on 19 October.

Thirty organisations applied for the coveted opportunity to give a 5-minute pop-up presentation followed by a break-out session, at this major event arranged in association with TechUK.  

ADASS convened a selection panel with experts by experience and other members. It has now selected the 11 organisations to highlight on the day, covering a variety of exciting facilities for the public, including:

* Connected sensors to re-assure or alert family and professional care staff regarding a frail or disabled person

* Networking between family and professionals by sharing information and tasks required to support the person needing care

* Smartphone based concise care tips for carers

* A tool to calculate how much you have to contribute to care costs

* A means of assessing eligibility and cost of the much-trumpeted Deferred Payment Agreements meaning that people will not need to sell their home to pay for residential care

* An e-marketplace for people to find information and care services online including purchasing care.

Terry Dafter, chair of the ADASS Informatics Network, which has arranged the event in association with techUK, said: “Most of us now use smartphones or online technology to manage many areas of our lives such as buying groceries or booking theatre tickets.  We need to bring the best innovative technology into the care sector as well. 

“We are seeing lots of new and established companies developing a great variety of apps in the widest sense. Councils have an important role to play in commissioning or publicising them to the public, so I am delighted that we will be able to showcase a few of the best at this ground-breaking event in Leeds.

“This initiative from local government dovetails with NHS England's National Information Board's work stream on empowering citizens through digital apps.”

The driving force behind the event has been Richard Pantlin, programme manager for “Engaging Citizens Online” as part of a joint ADASS/ Local Government Association initiative. He adds: “Our thanks go to all the organisations who applied to present, to the members of the selection panel, to techUK and our sponsors IntegroCare, Northgate Public Services, and CareMotive.

“This is a rapidly developing area of technology and we hope this will become an annual event to keep abreast of the latest developments.”  The selection panel was chaired by Richard.

Other members were:

* Dame Philippa Russell, former Emeritus Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Carers

* Jason Kitcat, former Leader of Brighton and Hove Council

* Marjorie Broughton, representative of carers / users of services from the TLAP Advisory Council

* Isaac Samuels and Martin Yates, representatives of users of services from the TLAP Advisory Council

* Andrew Babicz, ADASS Informatics Adviser

The selection panel took the following criteria into account in selecting the set of pop-up presenters:

* Anticipated benefit of the app and any associated service for members of the public

* Credibility of development and roll-out plans

* Relevance to the expected audience on October 19

* Quality of presentation

* Data privacy policy; accessibility; usability; assessment of any risks

* Credit will be given for Open Source offers and inclusion of Open API’s.


For further information contact:

Terry Dafter, Chair, ADASS Informatics Network, 0161 474 4401

Richard Pantlin, event organiser, 07958 293078

* See more at: Journalists wishing to attend should contact Richard Pantlin on the number given above

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.

TechUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium sized businesses.

TechUK is committed to helping its members grow, by:

* Developing markets

* Developing relationships and networks

* Reducing business costs

* Reducing business risks.