Agenda Item No 8


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health): 9th March, 2015


Report of the Director of Resources


Assistive Technology and Dementia Care Task and Finish Group of the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health)


Purpose of the Report

1.         To apprise Members of the review undertaken by the Assistive Technology Task and Finish Group.


1.         That the Report, Recommendations and the Action Plan of the Task and Finish Group as detailed at Appendix A to this report be accepted and referred to Cabinet for approval.

2.         That subject to Cabinet approval, the Scrutiny Committee receives an update on the delivery of the Action Plan within 12 months.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To apprise Members and seek Cabinet approval.

2.         In order that Members of the Scrutiny Committee can monitor progress.


2.         The Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) set up the Task and Finish Group in order to examine the potential contribution Assistive Technology could provide in the development of a dementia-supported community in the Vale of Glamorgan to enable people to live independently. 

3.         The Group's objective and purpose was to assess whether the greater use of Assistive Technology could enable people to live more independent lives for longer and also to consider the effect it could have on the quality of life for those who care for those experiencing dementia.

4.         Membership of the Group consisted of six Members and was politically balanced. 

Relevant Issues and Options

5.         Members of the Group were able to consider and review the following evidence from a wide range of sources.  These included:

  • the organisation and structure of the Telecare service
  • a demonstration of equipment and devices available
  • evaluation of the Telecare referral and assessment process
  • assessment of the impact of TeleV+ packages
  • changes to the Supported People Services
  • understanding the perspective of carers
  • Carmarthenshire County Council Telecare Service
  • The use of ICT
  • Reminisce therapy
  • Cardiff and Vale Local Health Board future development of Assistive Technology Strategy
  • regional/collaborative working
  • voluntary and private sector partnership business models
  • analysis of evaluation into the effectiveness of Assistive Technology
  • financial matters.

6.         In addition, the Group was extremely fortunate in being able to meet with a husband and wife who had been directly affected by dementia. From this, the Group was able to receive invaluable first-hand knowledge and experience.  The Group also undertook a site visit to the University Hospital in Llandough in order to review a form of reminiscence therapy carried out at the hospital. 

7.         During the course of the review, the Task and Finish Group was able to complete a thorough investigation of the potential for Assistive Technology to aid the independent living for people experiencing dementia. From this, a number of recommendations have been made, aimed at improving the responsiveness of the service.  The Group recognises that there is a requirement for further work before any major decisions can be taken in relation to the longer-term planning of the service.

8.         The Group concluded that Assistive Technology can be of considerable help to people experiencing dementia and also to their carers.  However, national research, information from partners and data from our existing service is not sufficiently clear to suggest that Assistive Technology is likely to deliver savings.  In light of the significant budgetary pressures that the Council faces, the Group has made recommendations for improvements which it hopes are realistic and measured, and which identify the further work required to develop the service for the future.

9.         The report (Appendix A) contains 15 recommendations (as detailed at page 6) and 23 improvement actions have also been identified as contained within Appendix E to that report. 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

10.      Of the 23 improvement actions contained within the report some can be progressed internally within current resources but others may need some assistance from external funding streams. 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

11.      None as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

12.      There are no legal implications as a direct result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

13.      There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

14.      An effective approach dealing with the review will positively impact on all sectors of the community.

Corporate/Service Objectives

15.      To work with partners to ensure people suffering with dementia in the Vale of Glamorgan are well informed and supported to access a broad range of quality services that enable them to take full advantage of the life opportunities available in the local community and beyond.

Policy Framework and Budget

16.      This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

17.      None as a direct result of this report as it is Vale wide.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

18.      Social Care and Health.

Background Papers



Contact Officer

Gareth Davies, Scrutiny Support Officer


Officers Consulted

Lance Carver (Head of Adult Services/Locality Manager)



Responsible Officer:

Siân Davies

Director of Resources