Assisted Living UK Capabilities
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Abbreviation/Term Explanation/Definition
Acute care Medical and surgical treatment usually provided by a hospital. Usually care for diseases or illnesses that progress quickly, feature severe symptoms or have a brief duration.
AL Assisted Living
ALIP Assisted Living Innovation Platform
AQP Any Qualified Provider
Assisted Living Assisted Living is the use of sensor and information and communication technologies to facilitate the remote delivery of care and support to people to allow them to live as independently as possible in the lowest intensity care setting consistent with their needs and wishes
Assistive Technology Any device or system that allows an individual to perform a task that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which the task can be performed
Any equipment or system that assists people who have difficulties owing to age or disability in carrying out every day activities, e.g. walking stick or helping hand*
BDUK Broadband Delivery UK
BIME Bath Institute of Medical Engineering
Care Package Following an assessment, a care package is agreed to enable a patient to receive care appropriate to their needs. Where necessary this covers both NHS and social care.
Care Plan Care plans are written agreements setting out how care will be provided within the resources available for people with complex needs.
Care Network A network of health and social care professionals from different organisations working together across institutional and local boundaries to provide care.
Carer A person who provides a substantial amount of care on a regular basis, who is not employed to do so by an agency or organisation. Carers are usually friends or relatives looking after someone at home who is elderly, ill or disabled.
Commissioning The process in which health service and local authority agencies identify local needs for services and assess them against the available public and private sector provision. Priorities are decided and services are purchased from the most appropriate providers through contracts and service agreements.
Community Care Network of services provided by local authority social service departments, the NHS and volunteers, designed to keep people independent and able to live in the community rather than in institutional care; for example, older people, people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or mental health problems. Services are often provided in the home.
Co morbidity Co morbidities are diseases or conditions that coexist with a primary disease but they also stand on their own as specific diseases.
Conurbation A large densely populated urban area formed by the growth and coalescence of individual towns or cities
CAS Community Alarm Service
CGC Clinical Commissioning Group
CLAHRC Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CR&D Collaborative Research and Development
DALLAS Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale
Deprived Area Geographic regions or areas that have significantly higher levels of unemployment and lower rates of income per head than the national average.
DH Department of Health
Domiciliary Care Personal and practical care provided to support an individual living in their own home, either alone or with a relative or other carer. Also known as ‘Home Care’
EAC Elderly Accommodation Counsel
Economic Infrastructure ‘The networks and systems in energy, transport, digital communication, flood protection, water and waste management. These are all critical to support economic growth.’
‘Infrastructure networks enable people, goods, energy, information, ideas, water and waste to move efficiently around the UK and, in some cases, across its borders.’
Elective services AL products or services that are available by users, carers and other members of the general public
EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Extra Care Housing Aall forms of specialist housing for older people where care services are provided or facilitated. This includes extra care housing, assisted living, very sheltered housing, close care and continuing care environments, and care villages. EAC Definition.
FAST Foundation for Assistive Technology
GHDI Gross Disposable Household Income is an alternative measure of regional income. GDHI is what is available for a household to spend or save once taxes, social contributions, pension contributions and property ownership have been taken into account.
GP General Practitioner
GVA Gross Value Added is a measure of economic output and describes the total value of goods and services produced through economic activity in any particular period.
H&MKTN HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network
HIEC Health Innovation and Education Cluster
Home Care See Domiciliary care
Housing with Care See Extra Care Housing
ICE-T International Centre of Excellence in Telecare
Intellectual Capital Knowledge built up by an individual, organisation, region or nation that can be used to support existing implementations and develop new applications.
LA Local Authorities
LTCs Long Term Conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and arthritis, that cannot currently be cured, but whose progress can be managed and influenced by medication and other therapies.
NHS National Health Service
NHSIC NHS Information Centre
NIHR National Institute for Health Research
Old age support ratio A measurement of how many people of working age (20-64) relative to the number of retirement age (65+). The lower the ratio, the fewer younger people there are to support the over 65s.
ONS Office of National Statistics
PCT Primary Care Trust
Primary care trusts (PCTs) are in charge of primary care and have a major role around commissioning secondary care, providing community care services. They are central to the NHS and control 80% of the NHS budget.
Personalised budgets An amount of funding allocated to a user that allows them to control which services that funding is used to purchase
Prescribed services AL products and services that are made available to a user on the basis of need by the statutory care services
Primary care Healthcare delivered outside hospitals. It includes a range of services provided by GPs, nurses, health visitors, midwives and other healthcare professionals and allied health professionals such as dentists, pharmacists and opticians.
PSSRU Personal Social Services Research Unit
PTG Preventative Technologies Grant
QIPP Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention
R&D Research and Development
RIF Regional Innovation Fund
RCT Randomised Control Trial
SBRI Small Business Research Initiative
Secondary care Care provided in hospitals: Specialised medical services and commonplace hospital care, including outpatient and inpatient services. Access is often via referral from primary care services
SEHTA South East Health Technologies Alliance
SHA Strategic Health Authority The local headquarters of the NHS, responsible for ensuring that national priorities are integrated into local plans, and that primary care trusts (PCTs) are performing well.
Strategic health authorities were created by the UK government in 2002 to manage the local NHS on behalf of the secretary of state. There were originally 28 SHAs. On July 1 2006, this number was reduced to 10.
SMART Self Management supported by Assistive, Rehabilitation and Telecare Technologies
Social Care Social Care is the wide range of services designed to support people to maintain their independence, enable them to play a fuller part in society, protect them in vulnerable situations and manage complex relationships.
(Department of Health 2006)
Social Enterprise Businesses with primarily social objectives that reinvest their profits into the community.
Social Services These are local authority departments that provide direct services in the community to clients.
SPA State Pension Age
Statutory Services Services that must be provided by law, e.g. NHS hospital treatment, social services and the provision of schools.
TAN Telecare Advisory Network
Telecare The delivery of health and social care services to an individual using a combination of information and communication technologies and sensor technologies
Telehealth The remote exchange of physiological data between a patient at home and medical staff at hospital to assist in diagnosis and monitoring
Telemedicine/telehealth The practice of medical care using interactive audiovisual and data communications, this includes the delivery of medical care, diagnosis, consultation and treatment, as well as health education and the transfer of medical data (WHO)
Third Sector Non-governmental organisations which are run on a not-for-profit basis and which are not part of the public sector. Third Sector Organisations include small local community and voluntary groups, large and small registered charities, foundations, trusts, social enterprises and co-operatives. They are also referred to as Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations
TSA Telecare Services Association
TSO Third Sector Organisation
TSB Technology Strategy Board
UA Unitary Authority
VCSE Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector organisations
WSD Whole Systems Demonstrator
WSDAN Whole System Demonstrator Action Network

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