Provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices

Joe made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust (PCT),

I am an academic researcher, attempting to assess the provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices by the NHS. Would you please send me details of augmentative and alternative communication devices supplied/purchased by your trust between 31st March 2006 and 1st April 2011. I would like the information broken down by both product name (So for example Dynavox Xpress, iPod touch with TapToTalk, BigMack) and by year. I would like information for both children and adults, but I don't require a breakdown by age.

I attempting to find out how many people who have poor or no speech have a speech aid, in particular electronic speech aids, and I would like to know how many have been supplied by the trust during the last five years.

Deven PCT have helpfully give examples on a previous request. The format they used was

2005/06
4 X Digital Electronic Larynxes (Servox)
2 x Listen To Me
2 x Lightwriters
1 x Dynawrite
1 x Dynamo
1 x Falck Voice Amplifier
1 x Lions Speech Aid
1 x Go Talk
1 x Little Mack

2006/07
9 x Digital Electronic Larynxes (Servox)
2 x Lightwriters
1 x mini Printer
2 x The Grid software
2 x Falck Voice Amplifiers
1 x Listen To Me
1 x Textphone
1 x Talking Symbols Notepad

and this would do nicely for me. Other excellent formats were provided by:
Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
Bromley PCT (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
Bristol PCT ( http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
and Central Lancashire PCT
(http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/au...)

Just to make the process more efficient for you guys - it would be great to clarify a couple of things at this stage - I am aware that some trusts make use of commissioning trusts to do the actual purchase of the devices; when I have contacted the commissioning trusts I've been often redirected back to the PCT because the paperwork for previous years have been stored at the PCT - this redirection must be causing additional work for both trusts in the long run and it would be great to avoid it (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/au...
is an example of the problem)

Also, and again to make life easier for you, I should point about that since this request is being made via whatdotheyknow.com - email addresses are stripped out of replies to protect your privacy (because the responses are all available to public view- if you are to redirect my request to another body then it's ideal to just give the name of the body rather than just an email address

Yours faithfully,

Dr Joseph Reddington

Dear Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust (PCT),

Guys? Is everything okay over there? You're a little over your 20 days...

Yours faithfully,

Joe

FOI, Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust (PCT)

Dear Joe

Apologies for the delay with the response - We are working towards
trying to collate the information and will be back in touch asap.

Thanks,
Laura

Laura Wentworth - Governance Officer

Patient Safety and Governance Directorate,
NHS Western Cheshire,
1829 Building,
Countess Of Chester Health Park
Liverpool Road,
Chester CH2 1HJ
01244 385041

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Hi Laura,

How's this going at your end?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Davina Schonle,

1 Atodiad

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request.
Apologies for the delay.

 

I hope this sufficiently answers your enquiry but please contact the local
contact person should you require any further information.  

 

Regards

Davina

 

 

Davina Schonle

Information Officer

NHS Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral PCT Cluster

Quayside, Greenalls Avenue, Stockton Heath, Warrington WA4 6HL

Tel: 0151 651 3942 (Internal Ext x1579)

 

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Dear Davina Schonle,

Thank you - that's excellent thanks :)

Yours sincerely,

Joe