Somerset Communication Aid Partnership Provision

The Holway Centre, Byron Road
Taunton
TA1 2JD
Tel: 01823 334 475
Fax: 01823 323 656
Contact: Kate Holloway
Email: kholloway@somerset.gov.uk

Service

Area covered
Somerset

Population served
Age 3-16

Scale
Approximately 6-8 for assessment per year (for High Tech aids only)

Services provided
– Assessment
– Loan
– Provision
– Training
– Short-term support for planning
– Ongoing monitoring

Staffing
Staff manage hours within their current posts

Funded by
– NHS
– Education

Permanent or project
Initially a 3-year project, funding applied for each year now.

Year set up
2006 for Education. Funding from Health agreed 2008.

Referral process
Via Speech and Language Therapists to an inter-agency management panel for AAC. If referrals are accepted then assessments can be made.