iCUHTec would be pleased to create 3 types of partnerships with member organisations in the UK or elsewhere in the world:
•    Mission Partners
•    Sponsorship Partners, and
•    Premier Telecare Reference Group Partners

Mission Partners

We are looking for a range of organisations or companies that share our interest in promoting the role of high quality technology-based services in helping people to live more independently and to achieve their life goals. There is no limit to the number of mission partner who might be:

  • Universities & Academic Support Networks
  • Public bodies or organisations,
  • Life Science Hubs, Technology Centres or Accelerators
  • Other membership organisations (especially outside the UK)
  • Local government departments,
  • Healthcare commissioners or providers,
  • Housing associations, or private housing operators
  • Assisted or supported living service providers
  • Technology manufacturers, distributors or retailers
  • Telecommunication companies
  • 3rd sector organisations
  • Training providers
  • Home care companies
  • App and software designers
  • Private telecare organisations

We anticipate that our partners might help us with one or more of our practical needs:
1.    Offering free use of premises and facilities for iCUHTec regional and/or training events
2.    Marketing and advertising iCUHTec activities and events through appropriate networks
3.    Providing topics for discussion
4.    Jointly organising conferences or seminars at regional locations
5.    Promoting iCUHTec membership
6.    Giving feedback on particular technologies or ideas that can be shared with the iCUHTec membership
7.    Helping iCUHTec to prepare surveys and seek member opinions, and
8.    Bringing to our attention industry news and stories of success (or failure).

Sponsorship Partners

We are hoping to attract the support of a small number of commercial organisations which could offer iCUHTec support to cover some of our running costs, whether through a financial contribution or through the provision of other resources that would help expand our membership or the number of events that iCUHTec could run. Our Sponsorship Partners could use a special iCUHTec logo on their website and literature and would also be offered a number of other benefits such as:

  • The support of iCUHTec (e.g. speakers, organisation and promotion) for their events, local, regional, national or International!
  • The use of their logo on the iCUHTec website and on literature
  • Joint authorship of journal papers and iCUHTec articles on relevant topics
  • Complementary places for the organisation’s staff (or for their customers) on iCUHTec strategic training courses
  • The development, distribution and analysis of surveys of the iCUHTec membership
  • Preferential consultancy rates; and
  • Automatic membership of the Telecare Reference Group (see below)

Other benefits can also be negotiated to fit in with an organisation’s business plan and priority areas.

There is no fixed sum required for sponsorship; any direct financial contribution (or value in kind) will depend on the nature of the partnership and on the number of other sponsors for iCUHTec activities. Ideally, iCUHTec would like to see a single Platinum sponsor, 2 Gold sponsors, 3 Silver sponsors and 4 or more Bronze sponsors!  But we are realistic enough to recognise that the ideal may be no more than a dream – and it may turn out to be more realistic and popular to have a single tier of sponsorship.

Organisations that wish to consider becoming iCUHTec sponsors should speak directly with the Director (E-mail:

Premier Telecare Reference Group Partners

One of the most successful features of CUHTec during its 12 years of operation, was its Advanced Telecare User Group (which was renamed as the Telecare Academy before CUHTec moved from the University of York to Newcastle). This group was composed of up to 15 member organisations who were selected by Kevin Doughty on the basis of their innovative thinking or their recognised leadership in offering or commissioning excellent telecare services. Members included organisations from all 4 of the home countries and included, over time:

  • West Lothian Council
  • Hanover (Scotland) Telecare
  • Fold Telecare
  • Newport City Council
  • Wrexham Council
  • Leeds Telecare Service
  • Cornwall Telecare Service
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Cheshire County Council
  • Durham County Council
  • Surrey County Council
  • Newham Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Westminster Council
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  • Knowsley Council and PCT
  • Lambeth Council
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Nottingham City Council and PCT
  • Hanover (England) Housing Association
  • Weaver Vale Housing Association
  • Peaks and Plains Housing Association

Many of these organisations have changed their focus; some don’t exist any more; key personnel have moved on or retired. But there remains a need for a discussion group that can help to shape the future of telecare and associated technology services by providing a reference point which avoids the need for self-promotion and an inability to share ideas because of perceived self-interest and commercial necessity.
iCUHTec therefore plans to re-introduce the original ATUG concept under the new heading of Premier Telecare Reference Group. Membership will be limited in number, and will beby invitation only; this will include sponsors who can choose to attend meetings of to receive the minutes of the meetings. Quarterly meetings were popular with the original ATUG members, with meeting venues rotating between the bases of the members, with the local representative taking the chair. It may be necessary to change the nature of meetings due to financial constraints; virtual meetings may be possible. Decisions on such matters will be taken by the group itself.

We will occasionally ask members to take part in our own short surveys about the use of assistive and connected technologies. Also, members will be offered an oppurtunity to participate in trialling new devices, and providing private but informal feedback.