New Article January 2020

Kevin Doughty, Gareth Williams and Jan Costa

University of Cumbria; T-Cubed Ltd.; Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
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Health and Social Care systems are under intense pressure across the developed world. It is partly the result of ageing populations who are more prone to ill-health and disability; it is also due to an increasing expectation that individuals should have access to new therapeutic and surgical procedures offered or delivered using expensive human, pharmaceutical and/or technical resources. The result is that more people are surviving life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, stroke and heart disease, but also living with long term conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, depression and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It is often the skills of the surgeons, physicians and nurses that enable people to overcome the immediate impact of disease and ill-health; but it is likely to be the expertise of allied professionals, and the on-going support of families, friends, communities and primary care teams, that help them to recover, and thereafter to restore much of their previous function and quality of life. The ultimate objective, or goal, is to enable people to be able to perform and take responsibility for their own care i.e. self-care, and to manage each of the 8 domains shown…..

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iCUHTec Launch

The international Centre for Usable Home Technology (iCUHTec) will launch formally on Tuesday, June 21st., 2016 during the 1st Conference of the Telehealth Quality Group: New Routes to Integrated Care – the Challenge of Assistive Technologies, Telehealth and Telecare (


iCUHTec will retain the FREE MEMBERSHIP model of its predecessor, the Centre for Usable Home Technology (at the University of York and then at Newcastle and Coventry Universities). It is seeking appropriate sponsorship and/or partnerships with appropriate organisations that can help it achieve its aims of improving:

  • awareness,
  • knowledge,
  • applications, and
  • designs of

quality products and services that can benefit all people, and their carers, to improve their Quality of Life, well-being, sense of independence and ability to achieve their life goals.

Interested parties should contact the iCUHTec director:  Kevin Doughty


Mobile:  (+44) 07810797971

Details of regular regional events and of training opportunities will be available soon.