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Augmentative Communication Service

Hub - covering: 
Area covered 

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

Population served 

Children and young people aged 0-16


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


- 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 


Permanent or project 


Year set up 


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.