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Bristol Communication Aid Service (BCAS)

Hub - covering: 
South West
Bristol Centre for Enablement, Highwood Pavilions, Jupiter Road, Patchway
Bristol
BS34 5BW
Tel:  
0117 414 5850
Contact:  
Vicky Styles (Service Manager)
Service
Area covered 

SW England

Population served 

All ages

Scale 

220 referrals per year

Services provided 

As the NHS England contract holder for the South West, BCAS are able to provide the following services to clients who meet the national service specification for referral to a specialist AAC assessment centre:

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

Staffing 
  • Speech and Language Therapy (this includes the services clinical lead)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Clinical Assistant practitioners
  • Supported by a clinical scientist from the Bristol Environment Control Service
  • Equipment manager supported by a team
Funded by 

NHS England

Permanent or project 

Permanent

Year set up 

1981

Referral process 

All incoming referrals to BCAS must be made through the clients local speech and language therapist. Referral forms can be found at https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/bristol-centre-enablement/referral-centre/bristol-communication-aid-service-referral. Local speech and Language Therapists are encouraged to call BCAS to have a pre referral discussion for cases where it is unclear if the client meets the referral criteria.