From Julie Atkinson, Chair AAC Advisory Group, NHS England:
I have received a request from the Department of Health (see below) regarding equipment and services for children and adults with physical disabilities.
Please can I encourage as many people as possible (patients/service users, NHS / Social Services / Education staff, charities and other interested parties) to take the time to respond to this – with particular regard to local and specialised AAC services / equipment – as well as other services/equipment which people with a physical disability may (or may not!) be able to access.
Rachel Hassey at the Department of Health writes:
“The Department of Health is gathering information about what frame of reference is being used locally to provide services to adults & children with physical disabilities (especially those without continuing care packages) and hope you can help.
– What services are currently being provided locally and why? Namely in relation to Equipment (AAC, EC, wheelchairs, prostheses & orthotics), adaptations & support services (social care & housing – rehabilitation & habilitation)
– How is the local need being determined?
– What frame of reference is being used to determine the service provision?
– What quality framework is being used for this service provision?
– What are the barriers/issues/risks to this service provision?
– Is there a significant transitional difference for the provision of these services for children & adults?
I am more than happy to discuss the above points in person or via phone.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any queries and thank you for your support”
Department of Health
0113 254 5776
Rachel has since left the Department. Please instead contact Gareth James, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0113 254 5328 / 07867 832768.