Provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices

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Dear Newham 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

Ball, Jonathan,

Dear Joe,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request sent to NHS Newham as detailed in your email below. We will reply as soon as possible on behalf of this Trust and in any event within 20 working days following the date we received your request.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Ball
FOI Lead
Corporate Performance and Development
NHS East London and the City
Warehouse K
2 Western Gateway
London E16 1DR
Tel. 0207 0596746
[email address]
NHS East London and the City is a cluster of three primary care trusts; NHS City and Hackney, NHS Newham and NHS Tower Hamlets.

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Dear Joe,

Further to our previous emails I am contacting you on behalf of NHS City & Hackney, NHS Tower Hamlets and NHS Newham.

I have been informed by our finance department that the only way they can supply this information is if you could let us have a list of device suppliers so that they can run a report by supplier across the 3 organisations.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Ball
FOI Lead
Corporate Performance and Development
NHS East London and the City
Warehouse K
2 Western Gateway
London E16 1DR
Tel. 0207 0596746
[email address]
NHS East London and the City is a cluster of three primary care trusts; NHS City and Hackney, NHS Newham and NHS Tower Hamlets.

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Ball, Jonathan,

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Dear Dr Reddington,

 

Further to your recent requests please find attached our reply.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jonathan Ball

FOI Lead

Corporate Performance and Development

NHS East London and the City

Warehouse K

2 Western Gateway

London E16 1DR

Tel. 0207 0596746

[1][email address]

NHS East London and the City is a cluster of three primary care trusts;
NHS City and Hackney, NHS Newham and NHS Tower Hamlets.

 

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Dear Ball, Jonathan,

Thank you for that - very efficient :)

I'm a bit surprised that there were no results though... very strange... and there was part of the response that bothered me - the "in relation to speech and language therapy" - would it be possible to see if any payments have been made to those companies at all? Just to make sure I've dotted all the i's...

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Ball, Jonathan - FOI Lead (ELC),

Dear Dr Reddington,

 

I write further to your email saying:

 

' Thank you for that - very efficient :)

   I'm a bit surprised that there were no results though... very
strange... and there was part of the response that bothered me -  the "in
relation to speech and language therapy" - would it be

   possible to see if any payments have been made to those companies  at
all? Just to make sure I've dotted all the i's...'

 

I’ve checked this with my Finance Department who have said the following:

 

‘I can confirm the reports that I ran covered all invoices from those
suppliers, the reason I mentioned speech and language was that there were
some invoices  paid by the PCT's from BES rehab limited but these were to
the wheelchair service for chair accessories.’

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jonathan Ball

FOI Lead

Corporate Performance and Development

NHS East London and the City

Warehouse K

2 Western Gateway

London E16 1DR

Tel. 0207 0596746

[1][email address]

NHS East London and the City is a cluster of three primary care trusts;
NHS City and Hackney, NHS Newham and NHS Tower Hamlets.

 

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