Call for businesses developing innovative solutions for home care

Sunderland City Council announces new Assistive Technology Framework

An opportunity for businesses developing innovative solutions to home care is being announced jointly by Sunderland City Council and Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley (NETV).

The National Assistive Technologies Test Bed aims to support people to live independently for longer, through the use of new and innovative technology. The project is being commissioned by Sunderland City Council and will be delivered by Digital Catapult Centre NETV.

Companies are invited to express their interest and submit a tender to be considered if they have developed or are in the process of developing connected devices that can address one or a number of challenges that include: medication management; mood monitoring; nutrition and hydration; moving and the environment around the home.

The council will be establishing a framework for the Test Bed, which will cover the following two phases:

  • A pilot phase for an initial trial deployment of technology (connected devices) to approximately 120 houses;
  • A rollout phase that will increase deployment covering up to 5,500 homes.

Companies who wish to apply must register on the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) portal at  The tender reference is DN365172, where the full Invitation to Tender (ITT) documentation can be found. Full details of how to register your attendance for the briefing session to be held on Thursday 20 September 2018 can be found within the Instructions and Details of Contract document.

The Assistive Technologies Test Bed is part of a national initiative to develop and promote the use of technology and digital solutions in social care. Sunderland City Council is one of twelve local councils participating in the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme for 2018/2019.

Any queries regarding the specification or the procurement process must be submitted via the NEPO e-tender portal at: