About this Episode

The baby boom and increased life expectancy are two elements that contribute to the high aging population in the UK. A rise in the aging population puts a lot of pressure on health and social care to provide the necessary services. The Internet of Things (IoT) is one solution to decrease the costs of this care and boost its quality.

The improvements in technology are making it possible for older people to be independent without requiring a lot of human intervention. IoT allows the connection of different appliances and system to the internet. The internet of things is what makes it possible to adjust the thermostat from a smartphone or for refrigerators to order groceries making life easier for those with reduced mobility.

Looking at it from the other way, technology can help monitor the more vulnerable members of our society. Sensors can provide information and warnings to help avoid health problems without intense physical interactions and transportation. Doctor’s appointments can sometimes be carried out remotely faster and without waiting times or the inconvenience of travel.

The weakest links for this utopian vision of future healthcare is the connectivity to make it happen and making it easier for physically impaired individuals to be able to access the services.

In this episode, Lynne Magennis talks to Clive Emmett, the CEO of the Council for Voluntary Services at Uttlesford about how the Council is doing tackling these issues.

Clive will be talking at the GovNet Digital Government 2019 conference being held on 22nd May 2019 at the Queen Elisabeth Two conference centre in London. Details are available below.

Clive Emmett

Clive Emmett

CEO, Council of Voluntary Services, Uttlesford

Having served within the Metropolitan and Essex Police services as a Detective for 20 years, I then moved into the Voluntary Community Sector as County Manager of the Essex Home Office initiative Drugs Intervention Programme, I continued to manage similar substance misuse services moving more into the clinical approaches to addiction treatment in London, West Sussex and then again in Essex. I then acquired a position of Head of Operations with a Youth service that worked with troubled youth in the outdoors. I am currently Chief Officer of the Council for Voluntary Service Uttlesford leading an infrastructure organisation supporting the local Voluntary Community Sector. I am an appointed Governor of EPUT – NHS Trust, and Director of Uttlesford Health. I am passionate about the relevance the Voluntary Sector has within our communities, especially through the Asset Based Community Building approach and how digital innovation will impact positively upon the VCS and the communities we work within.

Lynne Magennis

Lynne Magennis


Lynne is the Innopsis Director focused on Podcasts and Design.

From a chemical process research background she has moved into the telecommunications business. Her day job is working for the Daisy Group.

 Outside work will find Lynne tending for her horses and dogs in the Home Counties.

About this Episode

About Council of Voluntary Services, Uttlesford:-

CVSU’s primary purpose is to support the voluntary sector in Uttlesford. We do this by providing a range of professional specialist services and advising on a range of issues including funding, governance and set up. We also have an important role in disseminating information.

Digital Buddies is a service providing home visits to set up and maintain smart / digital devices that make life in the home a little bit easier e.g. Digital Assistants like Amazon Echo, smart tv, tablets and home computers

We can provide help in identifying products that may help, assist with ordering and then installation and provision of ongoing support.



Taking place on the 22nd May 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, this free to attend conference is returning for its 5th year and will provide up-to-date insights on the delivery of more efficient, agile and user-focused online services in the public sector.

Educating Digital Leaders and Prioritising Users’ Needs


Two years on from the publication of the Government Transformation Strategy, what is the state of digital services in the public sector? Digital Government 2019 looks at the progress made on the journey to a digital by default state, as well as the challenges which still need to be overcome.

Through best practice case studies and high level discussions, this event will allow representatives from central and local government, as well as the NHS and private sector an opportunity to fully utilise digitalisation, assembling services quickly and at a lower cost, improving access to services for their users.

Topics will include: