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Bristol Communication Aid Service (BCAS)

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

SW England

Population served 

All ages


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

  • 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 


Year set up 


Referral process 

All incoming referrals to BCAS must be made through the clients local speech and language therapist. Referral forms can be found at 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.