Provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices

Joe made this Freedom of Information request to Gateshead Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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From: Joe

11 November 2011

Dear Gateshead 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

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From: FOI (South of Tyne and Wear)
Gateshead Primary Care Trust (PCT)

14 November 2011


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Dear Mr Reddington,

Please find attached an acknowledgement from Sunderland, Gateshead and
South Tyneside Primary Care Trusts.

Regards

Information Governance Service

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From: FOI (South of Tyne and Wear)
Gateshead Primary Care Trust (PCT)

7 December 2011


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Dear Mr Reddington,

Please find attached a response Gateshead Primary Care Trust. I can
confirm to you that this information is not recorded for Sunderland and
South Tyneside Primary Care Trusts.

Regards

Information Governance Service

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