Provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices

Joe made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to South East Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear South East Essex 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

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

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
Bromley PCT (
Bristol PCT (
and Central Lancashire PCT

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 (
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 - 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

Houghton Sarah (5P1) South East Essex PCT, South East Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT)

Dear Dr Reddington


Thank you for contacting NHS South Essex.  I would like to acknowledge
receipt of your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, which was received by email on the 11^th November
2011.  Your request is now being processed by the PCT and we will respond
to you no later than the statutory timeframe of 20 working days.


However, please do not hesitate to contact me in the meantime, if I can be
of further assistance.


Kind Regards


Sarah Houghton|Customer Services Administrator|NHS South Essex Cluster

Phoenix Place, Christopher Martin Road, Basildon, SS14 3HG

(01268 245795

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Brooks Elaine (RWN) SE Partnership,

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Dear Dr. Joseph Reddington,


With regards to your recent request for information, made under the
Freedom of Information Act provisions, please find attached a response
from SEPT.


Kind regards


Elaine Brooks

Information Governance Manager

(Freedom of Information and Data Protection Lead)

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Information Governance Service

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