The Assisted Living Innovation Platform is delivering a wide ranging programme to enable the ageing population and those with long-term health conditions to live with greater independence. People are living longer, and this is a cause for celebration and a testimony to the advances made during the last 50 years in healthcare and technology, but the number who will have long-term conditions, and as they grow old become frail, is set to increase. At the same time, the number of economically active people who can finance health and social care is falling. Today's care models are unsustainable, and this is a major concern for the social care and health services in the UK. The Technology Strategy Board is working with the Department of Health (DoH), primary care trusts, research councils, local authorities, academia, industry and third-sector organisations to develop technologies and services that will enable individuals to receive support at home. The Technology Strategy Board launched the Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP) in November 2007, with additional funding from the DoH's National Institute for Health Research, the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. We are investing jointly with these organisations and industry to address the challenge of assisted living.

We are funding projects until 2012, with the intention to deliver an impact for many years beyond.