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Joint Working In Action: North West Specialised Communication Aid Service

Personal experience
  • Sue Lord
  • Lisa Farrand

The third sector and statutory services have been collaborating for many years in the provision of Assistive Technology and AAC. The Government has recently indicated that they wish to develop this partnership further. EAT (NW) and ACE Centre North have been working together to develop a new regional pathway for funding and AAC provision through the NHS Specialised Commissioning Service. Whilst recognising that far more will be needed, the NW Specialised Commissioning team has granted a recurring budget of £100,000 in the first instance towards development of an AAC assessment and provision service for North West England.

This presentation will focus on the acquisition of a funding stream such as the one described above, the plans to develop funding in the future and implementation and development of the service which is expected to go ‘live’ in late 2008. It will also be a valuable opportunity for feedback and comments before the service begins functioning fully.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
All Ages
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Further/Higher Education