Lib-Dem leader visits ScHARR programme to learn about support for older people

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, visited the University of Sheffield on Thursday 31st July 2008 to learn more about the technology currently being developed to support older people and improve their quality of life. Mr Clegg met Sheffield academics from the Advanced Care Technologies (ACT) programme, including ScHARR's Professor Mark Hawley (Professor in Health Services Research), which aims to bring together businesses, users, academic and healthcare experts in assistive technology and telecare. The ACT programme is a £1.5m project, of which £0.5m was funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Nick Clegg said: "I´m delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Advanced Care Technologies programme. I am interested to see for myself some of the innovative products which are being developed by the project in the care and support of frail older and vulnerable people. These are of course vital for supporting the growing needs of our ageing population."

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