Provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices

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Dear Heart of Birmingham Teaching 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

FOI Bham-Solihull (HEART OF BIRMINGHAM TEACHING PCT), Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Joe
 
Thank you for submitting your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act.  Please find the acknowledgement attached.
Rebecca Hough
Freedom of Information Officer
Heart of Birmingham tPCT
Bartholomew House
142 Hagley Road
Birmingham
B16 9PA
 
Tel:  0121 255 0700
DDI: 0121 225 0860
Fax: 0121 224 4773
 
 

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FOI Bham-Solihull (HEART OF BIRMINGHAM TEACHING PCT), Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Joe
 
Please see the attached acknowledgment.
Kind regards
 
Rebecca Hough
Freedom of Information Officer
Heart of Birmingham tPCT
Bartholomew House
142 Hagley Road
Birmingham
B16 9PA
 
Tel:  0121 255 0700
DDI: 0121 225 0860
Fax: 0121 224 4773
 
 
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From: FOI Bham-Solihull (HEART OF BIRMINGHAM TEACHING PCT)
Sent: 15 November 2011 15:41
To: Joe
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Provision of augmentative
and alternative communication devices
 
 
Dear Joe
 
Thank you for submitting your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act.  Please find the acknowledgement attached.
<< Message: RE: Freedom of Information request - Provision of augmentative
and alternative communication devices >>
Rebecca Hough
Freedom of Information Officer
Heart of Birmingham tPCT
Bartholomew House
142 Hagley Road
Birmingham
B16 9PA
 
Tel:  0121 255 0700
DDI: 0121 225 0860
Fax: 0121 224 4773
 
 

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FOI Bham-Solihull (HEART OF BIRMINGHAM TEACHING PCT), Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Joe
 
Thank you for submitting your freedom of information request.
 
Please see the attached response from Heart of Birmingham tPCT.
Rebecca Hough
Freedom of Information Officer
Acting on behalf of Birmingham and Solihull Cluster
 
Tel:  0121 255 0700
DDI: 0121 255 0860
Fax: 0121 224 4773
 
 

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