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Augmentative Communication Service

Hub - covering: 
London
Service
Area covered 

Mainly London (within M25) but can take national referrals for additional opinions

Population served 

Children and young people aged 0-16

Scale 

35 clinical sessions per month; approx 400 children per year.

Services provided 

- Assessment
- Loan (when equipment is loaned there is a school visit for training, followed by email/telephone support through 3 month loan, and further assessment at end of the loan period)
- Provision
- Ongoing support
- Training
- Research

Staffing 

- Occupational Therapists: 30 hours per week
- Speech and Language Therapists: 30 hours per week
- Consultant Paediatrician (inc Vision for Communication): 10 hours per week
- Assistive Technologist: 30 hours per week
- Clinical Psychologist: 2 hours per week
- Administration Assistant: 3 hours per week
- Speech and Language Therapy Assistant: 5 hours per week

Funded by 

NHS

Permanent or project 

Permanent

Year set up 

1970s

Referral process 

Email for referral letter to complete. Service is funded via agreements with PCTs, and so referral is countersigned by Community Medical Staff. Currently, no charge made to Schools/Education.