AVDC has been instrumental in establishing an assisted living & telecare showcase site in partnership with Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) and the South East Health Technologies Alliance.
It is one of three centres across the South East forming the International Centre for Excellence in Telecare (ICE-T). It is intended to provide a focal point for businesses to design and demonstrate future business opportunities in a growing telecare market and to stimulate the development and use of new telehealth and social care products and services.
“Telecare is the use of sensor, information and communication technologies to deliver health and social support to people to help them to live as independently as possible, in the lowest intensity care setting consistent with their needs and wishes” (Dr Richard Curry, SEHTA e-health development director)
Its primary objectives are:
- to develop an action research showcase site with a focus on fragile individuals/user groups in Home settings
- to enable R&D project consortia to have access to an active research prototyping site to design & evaluate the products & services with user groups,academics & clinicians
- to support business start ups and the growth of existing businesses in Aylesbury Vale and Buckinghamshire to explore new market opportunities
- identify opportunities for local FE/HE providers to develop innovative courses to meet the future skills needs of the telecare industry
- to exploit the 2012 Paralympics for a major 'Meet the Buyers 2012' conference being the home of the Paralympics
- to attract in new and existing telecare/telehealth companies
For highlights of the Meet the Buyers 2012 event please see the weblink below:
Mandeville Legacy Website Launched
A brand new website telling of Buckinghamshire's role in the birth and development of the Paralympic Games has been launched. The site www.mandevillelegacy.org.uk aims to tell the story of the growth of the Paralympic movement through the collection of stories and pictures from the early days of Sir Ludwig Guttmann and the Paralympic movement using contributions from Paralympians and former staff and patients from Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The Buckinghamshire Legacy programme aims to build on the momentum from the London 2012 Games. The Programme wants to ensure that the county that gave the world the Paralympic Games continues to be at the forefront of global innovation by providing an environment that helps support new and inclusive standards in sport, culture, heath and education. By doing this Bucks will attract new investment, develop expertise and the knowledge base that will provide new and better opportunities for all residents and visitors to enjoy.
Paralympic Flame Celebration
Aylesbury Town Centre celebrated Stoke Mandeville as the birthplace of the Paralympics Movement with a spectacular free event to the mirror the Fame Lighting Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The event was organised by AVDC and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England www.artscouncil.org.uk
In the spirit of the Paralympic Games, AVDC and Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) ensured that people with disabilities were included in this once-in-a-lifetime event by giving them exclusive access to premier viewing areas in Market Square and Kingsbury.
This event was part of Accentuate, the London 2012 Legacy Programme for the South East. Accentuate has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK, SEEDA and the Regional Cultural Agencies.
To see the film from the event please see below:
Oxford Academic Health Science Network
The Thames Valley and the adjoining areas are home to a wealth of world leading organisations involved in healthcare, clinical care delivery, education, innovation and the life science industry.
The creation of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (the Network) is an outstanding opportunity for all partners working in these sectors to come together with commissioning bodies, patients and the public to form a community to participate in providing evidence based best care for our patients and population, to innovate and in so doing, to deliver new opportunities to create wealth.