AAC Devices

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear FOI team,

Following a redirected request https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p..., I believe your trust has some information I'm looking for...

I am an academic researcher, attempting to assess the provision of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices in Education in the UK (devices used to aid communication, typically for people with difficulty speaking). Could you please send me details of augmentative and alternative communication devices purchased by, or within your council between 31st March 2006 and 1st April 2012?

I would like the information broken down by both product name  (So for example Dynavox Xpress, iPod touch with TapToTalk, BigMack) and by year. Ideally price paid, but I can deduce that from the products if necessary. 

This is a follow up study - the first one consisted of several hundred freedom of information requests to NHS trusts to find the provision of AAC by the NHS.  Our consolidated data is in the following format:

23/04/2007
Platon Medical Ltd
TRUTONE ELECTROLARYNX COMPLETE KIT
1
 £395.00 
 £395.00 
17/05/2007
Speechmark Publishin Ltd
FRENCHAY E-TRAN FRAME & A4 INSTRUCTION CARD IN WALLET
1
 £85.00 
 £85.00 
14/12/2007

Inclusive Technology Ltd
GO TALK 9+
1
 £99.00 
 £99.00 
14/02/2008
Kapitex Healthcare Ltd
SERVOX DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AID
1
 £490.00 
 £490.00 
14/02/2008
Kapitex Healthcare Ltd
PRODUCTS UP TO 25
6
 £18.50 
 £111.00 
15/02/2008
Dynavox Systems Ltd
DYNAVOX V 512MB WITH CARRY CASE WIFI USB BLUETOOTH
1
 £5,000.00 
 £5,000.00 
15/04/2008

SMARTBOX
THE GRID 2  SOFTWARE
1
 £360.00 
 £360.00 
29/08/2008

Toby Churchill Ltd
LIGHTWRITER SL40
1
 £3,300.00 
 £3,300.00 
28/07/2010
Toby Churchill Ltd
LIGHTWRITER SL40
1
 £3,300.00 
 £3,300.00 
06/08/2010
Misco
SAMSUNG N510 NETBOOK PC
1
 £318.50 
 £318.50 
06/08/2010

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

FOI, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Trust Ref: FOI 0088-13

 

Dear Dr Reddington,

 

Re: Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The email address for submitting FOI requests is: [2][Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]
please always use this email address.

The Trust acknowledges your request for information received on 25 March
2013.  The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires the Trust to respond
within 20 working days, which in this instance is 24 April 2013.

 

However, we will endeavour to send you the information as soon as possible
unless we do not hold it or unless it falls within one of the exemptions
laid down in the Act.  We will advise you if your request falls into any
of these categories.

 

The information provided is the property of Frimley Park Hospital NHS
Trust and subject to Intellectual Property and Database Rights. Any
commercial application or use of this information may be subject to the
provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.
This means that if you wish to re-use the information provided for
commercial purposes for any reason you must ask us for permission to do
so.  Should the Trust agree that the information can be re-used, it will
be subject to the issue of a licence which may or may not involve a fee.

 

Your name and contact details will be circulated to staff within the Trust
whilst responding to your request for information.  If you do not wish for
your name to be disclosed to staff, please email [3][Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email].

 

The Trust is entitled to charge for providing copies of the information
requested, where charges are applicable, the Trust will inform you of
these charges.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Information Governance Office

Frimley Park Hospital

Tel: 01276 604 675

 

If you are dissatisfied with how the processing of your request, you are
entitled to appeal to the Trust, please
email: [4][email address]

Alternatively, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner
(Tel: 01625 545 745). Further details can be found at [5]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

 

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Sally Turnbull, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Sir

Please can you clarify that you are looking for this information from FPH NHS Trust as reading your email below it looks like you are requesting the information from Councils and already have your research from NHS Trusts?

Regards

Sally Turnbull
Information Governance
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Direct line: 01276 522429 Ext: 2429
Email: [email address]

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Dear Sally Turnbull,

Apologies - I had writen 'council' instead of trust entirely by accident. The reason (in case you are interested) is because I'm just about to start a relatively large study on councils - you are one of only a few sets of health data that I'm still tracking down.

Entirely my fault. On the other hand, if you are interested in reading how other NHS trusts responded to the requests you can view the report at http://www.cs.rhul.ac.uk/home/joseph/pap... (Section 3.3 might be of particular interest generally)

Yours sincerely,

Joe

FOI, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Reddington,

 

Please find attached a letter responding to your FOI Request received on
25^th March 2013.

 

The email address for submitting FOI requests is:[2][Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]
please always use this email address.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Office

Tel: 01276 604675 (ext 4675)

 

If you are dissatisfied with the processing of your request, you are
entitled to appeal to the Trust, please
email: [3][email address]

Alternatively, you are entitled to appeal to the Information Commissioner
(Tel: 01625 545 745). Further details can be found at [4]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

The information provided is the property of Frimley Park Hospital NHS
Trust and subject to Intellectual Property and Database Rights. Any
commercial application or use of this information may be subject to the
provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005.
This means that if you wish to re-use the information provided for
commercial purposes for any reason you must ask us for permission to do
so.  Should the Trust agree that the information can be re-used, it will
be subject to the issue of a licence which may or may not involve a fee.

The information that has been provided in response to this Freedom of
Information Act request will be subject to copyright protection. In most
cases the copyright will be owned by Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust.

 

To enquire about re-using the information or if you have any enquiries
about Re-use, please write to us at the above address or email
[5][email address].

 

 

The contents of this e-mail are intended for the addressee or the person responsible for delivering it to the intended addressee. It may contain privileged or confidential information and/or copyright material. If you have received this e-mail in error, you may not copy or deliver this to anyone else either electronically or by any other means. If you have received this email in error, please advise the sender immediately by using the reply facility on your e-mail software or notify the IT Service Desk on 01276 604604 ext 4777 or [email address]

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust cannot accept responsibility for the security or accuracy of outgoing electronic mail. Any view or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of the Trust unless specifically stated. The information contained in this e-mail may be subject to public disclosure under UK Legislation. Unless the information is legally exempt from disclosure, the confidentiality of this e-mail, and your reply cannot be guaranteed.

When forwarding on this email, ensure that you have the permission of the email author.

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3. mailto:[email address]
4. http://www.ico.gov.uk/
5. mailto:[email address]

Dear FOI,

Following on from the phone call we just had - can you confirm that a breakdown by year will be arriving shortly?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

FOI, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hi Joe

To confirm we will continue working on this request and will respond at the latest by 24th April.

Regards
Sally

Sally Turnbull
Information Governance
Frimley Park Hospital NHS n
To: FOI
Subject: Re: Final Trust Response 0088-13

Dear FOI,

Following on from the phone call we just had - can you confirm that
a breakdown by year will be arriving shortly?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

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Sally Turnbull, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Hi Joe

Please find attached the year and numbers purchased of alternative communication devices purchased by Frimley Park Hospital Trust.

I hope you find this information satisfactory.

Regards

Sally Turnbull
Information Governance
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Direct line: 01276 522429 Ext: 2429
Email: [email address]

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Dear Sally Turnbull,

That's perfect - thank you very much. :)

Yours sincerely,

Joe

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