Provision of augmentative and alternative communication devices

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

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Dear Rotherham 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

Deborah Taylor, Rotherham Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Joe

Thank you for your recent application for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Corporate Business Department is now dealing with your request, Please find attached an acknowledgement letter in response to your request dated 11th November 2011.

Kind regards

Deborah Taylor

Freedom of Information Officer / Admin Assistant

Corporate Business
NHS Rotherham
Oak House, Moorhead Way, Bramley,
Rotherham, S66 1YY
Tel: 01709 302719 DD
Fax:01709 302008

[email address]

www.rotherham.nhs.uk

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Deborah Taylor, Rotherham Primary Care Trust (PCT)

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Dear Joe
Re: Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Ref: PCT/ 1291 Further to your recent application for information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Please see the attached letter.

Kind regards

Deborah Taylor

Freedom of Information Officer / Admin Assistant

Corporate Business
NHS Rotherham
Oak House, Moorhead Way, Bramley,
Rotherham, S66 1YY
Tel: 01709 302719 DD
Fax:01709 302008

[email address]

www.rotherham.nhs.uk

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Dear Deborah Taylor,

Awesome - can you give me the contact details of your line manager so I can write a proper thank you note? :)

Yours sincerely,

Joe

Deborah Taylor, Rotherham Primary Care Trust (PCT)

I will be out of the office until Monday 12th December 2011, if you
require any further assistance regarding Freedom of information then
please telephone Alan Tenanty  on 01709 302011.

 

If you require any further assistance relating to other quiries then
please contact Oak House reception on 01709 302000

 

Many Thanks

 

Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor, Rotherham Primary Care Trust (PCT)

Hi sorry for the delay in responding to your email  I have been on annual
leave, please find below the contact details as requested:

 

Alan Tenanty

 

Head of Corporate Governance

 

[email address]

 

01709 302011

 

Kind regards

 

Deborah Taylor

 

Freedom of Information Officer / Admin Assistant

 

Corporate Business

NHS Rotherham

Oak House, Moorhead Way, Bramley,

Rotherham, S66 1YY

Tel: 01709 302719 DD

Fax:01709 302008

 

[email address]

 

www.rotherham.nhs.uk

 

 

 

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