Augmentative Communication Service

Hub – covering: London

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street
London
WC1N 3JH
Tel: 0207 405 9200 ext 5293
Email: ACSAdmin@gosh.nhs.uk
Website: http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/gosh/clinicalservices/Neurodisability/Homepage

Service

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

Population served
Children and young people aged 0-16

Scale
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

Staffing
– 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
NHS

Permanent or project
Permanent

Year set up
1970s

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.