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Dear NHS Oxfordshire 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?

Have you 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

FOI (NHS OXFORDSHIRE CCG), NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

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Reference: FOI 32610 OXF 10Q

 

 

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
devixes.

 

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

 

o NHS Oxfordshire CCG

 

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

 

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Kindest Regards,

Anthea

 

 

Anthea York | FOI Manager | Governance

NHS South, Central and West

 

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From: H Steenkoolstad

Sent: 29 August 2019 07:48:45 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon,
London

To: FOI (NHS OXFORDSHIRE CCG)

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Vital orthotic support devices
for long-term wheelchair users.

 

Dear NHS Oxfordshire 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?

 

Have you 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

 

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Reference: FOI 32610 OXF 10Q - Orthotic Support Devices

 

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) and (b) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I
can confirm that the CCG does hold the information requested. 

 

Please find attached the response to your request, which is sent on behalf
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With kind regards

 

Laine

 

Laine Newman | Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer

NHS South, Central and West

 

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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
devixes.

 

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

 

o NHS Oxfordshire 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 [5]https://ico.org.uk/.

 

Kindest Regards,

Anthea

 

 

Anthea York | FOI Manager | Governance

NHS South, Central and West

 

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From: H Steenkoolstad

Sent: 29 August 2019 07:48:45 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon,
London

To: FOI (NHS OXFORDSHIRE CCG)

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Vital orthotic support devices
for long-term wheelchair users.

 

Dear NHS Oxfordshire 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?

 

Have you 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

 

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