Provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices

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Dear Manchester Teaching Primary Care Trust,

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

Debs Llewellyn, Manchester Teaching Primary Care Trust

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1^st Floor, Parkway 3,

Parkway Business Centre

Princess Road

Manchester

M14 7LU

 

Tel: 0161 765 4178

Fax: 0161 232 8129

[1][email address]

 

14 November 2011

 

 

Dear Joe

 

Freedom of Information Request: Reference M302-11

Further to the Freedom of Information request received on 11 November 2011
a final decision on your request will normally be sent to you within 20
working days of receipt of your request.  This means that you can expect
to receive a decision by 9 December 2011.

 

Please note however that there are some limited situations under the FOI
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Yours sincerely

 

Catherine Borrill

Information Governance Support Officer 

 

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Debs Llewellyn, Manchester Teaching Primary Care Trust

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Dear Dr Reddington
 
Attached is our letter of response and attachment
 
Debs

Debs Llewellyn
Records Manager
NHS Manchester
Parkway 5 - 2nd floor
Parkway Business Centre
Princess Road
Manchester  M14 7LU
 
Tel: 0161 765 4172
Fax: 0161 232 8129
[email address]
[email address]
 
NOTE:  I do not work on Wednesdays

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Dear Debs Llewellyn,

That's pretty good :) Thank you :)

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Debs Llewellyn, Manchester Teaching Primary Care Trust

I am not in the office from 2pm this afternoon (13th Dec). Dont work
Wednesdays so back 7am Thursday 15th Dec.  Regards, Debs

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Debs Llewellyn, Manchester Teaching Primary Care Trust

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Dear Joe

Our pleasure - it was a particulary tricky one to gather the information from various sources!

I wonder if it would be possible for you completed the very short questionnaire to help us improve how we deal with FOI request.

If you cannot spare the time don't worry but it should only take 5 minutes of your time.

Best ragards, Debs

Debs Llewellyn
Records Manager
NHS Manchester
Parkway 5 - 2nd floor
Parkway Business Centre
Princess Road
Manchester M14 7LU

Tel: 0161 765 4172
Fax: 0161 232 8129
[email address]
[email address]

NOTE: I do not work on Wednesdays

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