CECOPS and BHTA join forces to deliver a much needed Assistive Technology Conference

Posted on: 17/07/2019 | Categories: CECOPS General, Uncategorized

CECOPS is set to run its first assistive technology (AT) conference in June 2020 and will be working in association with the respected organisation British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) to deliver this exciting new venture.


The main aims of the conference are to help shape the future of AT services, and to ensure products and services are accessible, fit for purpose in the 21st century, and provided in a coherent, integrated and person-centred way, with the needs and outcomes of people requiring services being paramount. This is crucial in view of the growing elderly population, the need for people to be more independent, and for those wanting to manage their own lifestyle and care.


The conference will look holistically across all AT services e.g. digital health, telecare, community equipment and wheelchair services, communication and sensory equipment, smart homes, home adaptations and environmental controls, and across all sectors in line with the interoperability of these types of service. The conference will be strategic, pragmatic and solutions-focused, and will cover all aspects of provision including the planning, commissioning, procurement, service delivery and clinical and technical aspects, with the needs of users and carers at the heart.

This exciting AT conference will gather people from across all sectors including, for example, policy leads, commissioners, service providers, clinical and technical staff, innovators and industry.

There will be excellent and meaningful national and international speakers. Some topics will be crowd generated before the event, to ensure the conference content is directly relevant.

If you are in any way involved in the assistive technology space, this is a not to be missed event.


CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, says: ‘This unique conference will consider all assistive technology services at policy, planning, commissioning and delivery levels, as well as the future design, demands and requirements of these services. Given the crisis in health and care, nationally and internationally, addressing these issues now is critical. It is exciting therefore to be running this event with our colleagues at BHTA. Their industry knowledge is second to none in the UK and will bring a lot of expertise to the table. This combined effort will help to shape the marketplace, and support organisations in the planning and delivery of assistive technology services both now and in the future.’


BHTA Director General, Andrew Stevenson, says: ‘It is an exciting time with all of the new products, technologies and innovations coming into the marketplace;  however we need to ensure these are ready to be adopted and people know how to access them. Proper planning and delivery of assistive technology services is key to solving many health, care, wellbeing and accessibility issues. It is exciting to work in association with CECOPS on the delivery of this much needed conference, especially given their expertise and commitment to improving quality and outcomes in the AT space.


If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the event, please get in touch: support@cecops.org.uk

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