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Vital orthotic support devices for long-term wheelchair users.

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Dear NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group,

Who have you commissioned to provide any of the following orthotic devices which are vital to prevent damage and pain to the lower spine in long-term manual wheelchair users:

1) A measured spinal-restriction-brace, designed to stop long-term wheelchair users prevent stress induced damage and pain to their lumbar-sacrum region, where the spine joins the pelvis;

2) Power-assist motors such as:
* Trike attachments
* Pushers such as the Alber Smoov and Permobile Smart-drive
* Joystick- and push-rim- controlled hub motors?

Please send me the minutes of the meetings discussing this essential support for wheelchair users, and a copy of the contract you commissioned.

If nothing has been commissioned, or if nothing has been considered for commissioning, what is the official protocol to get the consideration of such orthotic devices put onto the agenda? Is there a form members of the public can fill in?

Has the CCG commissioned a study showing how many people have been immobilised with medical complications because the essential orthotic devices are not freely accessible, and what the cost is to the heath system for these avoidable medical complications? If no such study has been undertaken, has one ever been suggested, and why was the study not actioned? How can such a study be instigated?

Please also provide data showing if any of the above orthotic devices have been provided under the Individual Funding Request system, and if so, which overseeing clinical pathway was responsible for identifying the device required, eg:
GP
Wheelchair service
Orthotic Department
Spinal Orthopedic Surgeon
Neurologist
Neurosurgeon
Pain Clinic
Orthotic Department
Occupational Therapy Department
Physiotherapy Department
Etc.

Yours faithfully,

H Steenkoolstad

CCGFOI (NHS BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CCG), NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

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Foi (NHS SOUTH, CENTRAL AND WEST COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT), NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group

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Reference: FOI 32603 BUCKS 14Y

 

 

Dear H Steenkoolstad,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 29 August
2019 regarding documents and services relating to Orthotic Support Devices

 

I am pleased to acknowledge your request on behalf of the following
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):

 

o NHS Buckinghamshire CCG

 

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Commissioner’s website at [1]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Yasmin

 

Yasmin Fraser| Freedom of Information Officer

NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

 

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Reference: FOI 32603 BUCKS 14Y

 

 

Dear H Steenkoolstad,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 29 August
2019 regarding documents and services relating to Orthotic Support Devices

 

 

Under section 1 (1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I can
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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Yasmin

 

Yasmin Fraser | Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer| Governance Services
NHS South, Central and West

 

 

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Subject: FOI 32603 BUCKS 14Y - Orthotic Support Devices - FOI Request

 

Reference: FOI 32603 BUCKS 14Y

 

 

Dear H Steenkoolstad,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 29 August
2019 regarding documents and services relating to Orthotic Support Devices

 

I am pleased to acknowledge your request on behalf of the following
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):

 

o NHS Buckinghamshire CCG

 

We will be dealing with your request for information in accordance with
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Under the Act we have 20 working days to respond to your request and we
expect to be in a position to reply to you by 26 September 2019

 

Dealing with your request:

In normal circumstances we should be able to (a) confirm or deny that we
hold this information and (b) if we hold it, send it to you within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days. You should note however that the
Act defines a number of exemptions which may prevent us complying with
either of these duties. We will explain if this is the case and if we
apply the 'public interest test' to our decision.

 

If you have any queries about this e-mail, please contact me quoting the
reference number above in any future communications.

Further information about the Freedom of Information Act and the
Environmental Information Regulations may be found on the Information
Commissioner’s website at [4]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Yasmin

 

Yasmin Fraser| Freedom of Information Officer

NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit

 

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