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Bristol Communication Aid Service (BCAS)

Hub - covering: 
South West
Area covered 

Whole UK, SW England

Population served 

All ages


220 referrals per year

Services provided 

• Assessment
• Short term loan of equipment for evaluation.
• Provision of equipment for long term use.
• Quality assurance evaluation
• Training
• Research

  • Speech and Language Therapy 2.6 wte (this includes the services clinical lead)
  • Occupational Therapists – 2.1 wte
  • Physiotherapist -0.6 wte
  • Clinical Assistant practitioners – 2.5 wte
  • Supported by a clinical scientist from the Bristol Environment Control Service
  • Equipment manager – 1 wte supported by a team
Funded by 

NHS England

Permanent or project 


Year set up 


Referral process 

Referrals must be made by a Speech and Language Therapist. Contact the Bristol Communication Aid Service for an informal discussion and to request a referral form.