Embedding Electronic Assistive Technologies (eATs) in Social Care

Electronic Assistive Technologies (eATs) affect most of our lives.

For social care staff, people who use services and carers this is clear through increased use of the internet, smart mobile devices and interactive TV. It is also evident in the increasing use of eATs specifically designed to promote people’s well-being and independence, and services which rely on remote or virtual monitoring (‘telecare’) to provide support when required.

In coming years, supporting the use of eAT is set to become a key part of social care provision. The workforce as a whole needs to be both confident and competent to ensure that eAT works effectively for the good of those using services.

This suite of workforce development resources has been designed through wide consultation across the UK to support all social care employers, assistive technology suppliers and trainers as they work together to embed eAT in social care. The resources provide recommendations, information and guidance for developing the knowledge, skills and confidence of the workforce.

The documents are designed to be user-friendly and practical. See also the Links and Resources page for a toolkit with aids to implementation, along with video case studies and sources of information and support to help turn the vision of the Strategy into reality.

The Vision

By 2019, individuals will be supported by a confident, knowledgeable and skilled social care workforce, working creatively with Electronic Assistive Technology to support their well-being, choice and independence.

to support the embedding of Electronic Assistive Technologies in social care services.
to support the embedding of Electronic Assistive Technologies in social care services.
to ensure the Strategy and Knowledge and Skills Sets are widely used and their benefits maximised.

Watch the video to find out why the resources have been developed and how they can be used.