AAC Provision

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Dear Sir,

I am an academic researcher, attempting to assess the provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices by the NHS. 

Following on from a previous FOI request (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pr...), I'm given to understand that your trust has some information I'm looking for...

Could you please send me details of augmentative and alternative communication devices purchased by, or on behalf of 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 (if you supply more than one PCT, then by PCT also.  I would like information for both children and adults, but I don't require a breakdown by age.

Deven PCT have helpfully given 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

Newman, Emma (Dudley PCT),

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Dear Dr Reddington,

 

Thank you for your below request for information, however NHS Dudley
provided a response to you on 01/12/11. I have attached the response for
your information.

 

Many Thanks

 

Emma Newman

FOI Team

NHS Dudley

 

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From: "Joe" <[1][FOI #101157 email]>
Date: 20 January 2012 22:33:17 GMT
To: "Couldrey, Paul (Dudley PCT)" <[2][The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - AAC Provision

 

     Dear Sir,
    
     I am an academic researcher, attempting to assess the provision of
     augmentative and alternative communication devices by the NHS. 
    
     Following on from a previous FOI request
    
([3]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pr...),
     I'm given to understand that your trust has some information I'm
     looking for...
    
     Could you please send me details of augmentative and alternative
     communication devices purchased by, or on behalf of 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 (if you supply more than one PCT, then by PCT also.
      I would like information for both children and adults, but I
     don't require a breakdown by age.
    
     Deven PCT have helpfully given 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
    
([4]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
     Bromley PCT
    
([5]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
     Bristol PCT
    
( [6]http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/co...)
     and Central Lancashire PCT
    
([7]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
    
([8]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 [9]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
    
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Dear Newman, Emma (Dudley PCT),

Bit confused. That response is the one that tells me to contact The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust... it's the whole reason I'm contacting you... are you not the The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust? I'm really confused, can you help me out?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Newman, Emma (Dudley PCT),

Dear Joe,

No, we are NHS Dudley (Dudley Primary Care Trust).

The team that holds this information is the Speech and Language team and they now come under Dudley Group NHS Foundation.

The FOI Manager there is Sharon Williams and her email address is below:

[email address]

Many Thanks

Emma Newman
FOI Team
NHS Dudley


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Sent request to The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust again, using a new contact address.

Williams, Sharon, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Reddington,

 

Please find the response to your request, reference 011066, from The
Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, attached.

 

Kind regards

Sharon

 

Sharon Williams

Information Governance Manager

Ext 1208

 

 

 

 

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Dear Williams, Sharon,

Cool - thanks for this, can I ask who provided the service before 2011?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Jackson Amanda,

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Hi

The information you requested:

2008/2009

1 x BigMac

1 x Big Step-by-step

1 x iTalk2

4 x Talking Buttons

 

2009/2010

2 x Big Macs

 

NB: The schools we cover have a range of aids that we can access for
assessment etc – and we then recommend – and the school buys it for the
individual child.

We also access support from ACT who purchase some more expensive aids for
children

 

Mandy Jackson

 

Mandy Jackson

Paediatric Speech & Language Therapy Manager

Brierley Hill HSCC

Venture Way

Brierley Hill

DY5 1RU

Tel: 01384 - 321507

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Dear Jackson Amanda,

Many thanks for this - just one minor thing, where these devices purchased with nhs funds? I got a sense from your email that the funding might have come from a different route...?

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Jackson Amanda,

Hi
The devices listed were bought with NHS funds - but they are used for assessment/trialling. Devices for individual children are not bought from NHS funds - these are usually school or charities

Mandy

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