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ACT (Access to Communication and Technology)

Hub - covering: 
West Midlands
West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre, 91 Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak
Birmingham
B29 6JA
Tel:  
0121 466 3050
Fax:  
0121 471 3690
Contact:  
Jo Cartwright, Service Lead
Email:  
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Service
Area covered 

Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and West Midlands county (Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry)

Population served 

All ages

Scale 

Currently have a target of 233 assessments per year, which includes people with need for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), environmental control (EC) and computer access i.e. not solely an AAC service.

Services provided 

Assessment provision and review of AAC. Other services provided to local teams to support the development and maintenance of care pathways such as:
- Ongoing support
- Training
- Telephone helpline

Also responsible for West Midlands Environmental Control provision.

Staffing 

Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Scientists and Technologist, Technicians, Stock team, Administrators, Training Support and Rehab Assistants.

Funded by 

NHS England. ACT is part of Birmingham Community Health Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Permanent or project 

Permanent

Year set up 

1983

Referral process 

Referrals are made via the ACT Referral and Advice Helpline on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00-16.00 telephone 0121 466 3028.