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Sheffield Communication Aids Service

Service
Area covered 

Sheffield

Population served 

2yrs upwards - no upper limit

Scale 

Adults: Dec 2008-Dec 2009, 30 referrals; 15 ongoing.
Children: Apr 2008-Mar 2009, 26 referrals; 18 ongoing.

Services provided 

- Assessment
- Loan
- Provision
- Ongoing support
- Training
- Research

Staffing 

- Clinical lead Speech & Language Therapists: Child 18.75hrs, Adult 18.75hrs
- AAC Speech and Language Therapy Assistants: Child approx 33hrs, Adult 18.75hrs
- Some child physio/OT time (not defined)
- Some ongoing support from contact SLTs
- Equipment management by Sheffield Community Equipment Loan Service and, for mainstream children, Sheffield Inclusion Loan Service

Funded by 

- NHS for SLT and SCELS staff; also for Clinical Engineering support (from SLT budget)
- Equipment is joint funded by NHS & Social Services
- Sheffield Inclusion Loan Service (management and technician plus funding) funded by Sheffield Children and Young People’s Department, Education and Social Services (government funding for inclusion)
- Long term aids, particularly adults: charity funded

Permanent or project 

Permanent

Year set up 

1985 approx

Referral process 

Through clients’ contact SLT.