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DLF and Opportunity Links partner to support the delivery of information on daily living equipment to citizens


October 2009

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) and Opportunity Links are pleased to announce an agreement which will see DLF Data, DLF’s award winning database of daily living equipment and assistive technology, embedded within OL’s information management system, evince.

DLF compiles and maintains the UK’s only comprehensive database of daily living equipment, DLF Data, which contains information on over 14,000 products from over 1,600 suppliers.

Mark Cheverton, OL’s Managing Director, said “By making DLF Data available within evince, alongside other datasets such as NHS Choices, we can provide a single integrated system which can underpin Local Authorities delivery of a universal information service.”

Local delivery of a universal information service is a key Department of Health priority introduced as part of the social care transformation programme. By April 2011, every local authority is required to have a comprehensive universal information service available to social care budget holders and self funders to support them to make the best choices about their personalised care.

evince focuses on delivering measurable outcomes for service users through support of front-office information advisors, online self-service, and high quality back-office data management; the essential components of a universal information service.

Further information

For all media enquiries, please contact Sue Curtis on 01223 566522, or email sue.curtis@opp-links.org.uk 

Notes for editors

About DLF

DLF is the UK’s leading source of expert information, advice and training on independent living for older or disabled people. We want every older or disabled person to have the impartial information and expert advice they need to make choices about their daily lives – and front-line staff to be well trained and well informed.

DLF's information is disseminated through a wide range of services. Members of the public can obtain advice from DLF's Helpline service, which responds to up to 25,000 enquiries a year, or try products out at its Equipment Demonstration Centre in London, one of the largest in the UK.

DLF also provides a range of online services at www.dlf.org.uk, including:

  • ‘Living made easy’, (www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk), an impartial advice and information website about daily living equipment.
  • Free factsheets giving advice on a wide range of topics about disability and mobility products and choosing equipment for older and disabled people.
  • AskSARA, (www.asksara.org.uk), an online advice tool that guides people to appropriate useful advice and information on products that can help them.

Healthcare professionals benefit from DLF Data, the UK’s only comprehensive and up-to-date database of daily living equipment and assistive technology and an extensive Training Programme including a variety of bespoke courses. They also attend the DLF Moving & Handling People conference, an annual event in 3 parts comprising an exhibition, practical workshops and plenary sessions

About Opportunity Links

Opportunity Links supports government to deliver quality information to citizens through provision of IT, consultancy, and new media. Our solutions focus on the interdependent needs of service users, commissioners, IAA, and providers, to underpin the universal information service element of personalisation, empowering citizens to make informed choices about their care. Please visit www.opportunitylinks.co.uk for more details

evince is Opportunity Links’ web-based information management platform for government. It is currently in use at over 40 top tier Local Authorities to manage over 5 million records.



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