Provision of Communication Equipment and Support: Part 4 of the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016: progress report 2019

Report on progress since commencement of Part 4 of the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 - Provision of Communication Equipment in March 2019.

Annex I

Section 10 Grant Funding 2018/19

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Section 10 Grant Funding 18-19    
Organisation To do what? Outcomes achieved
MND Scotland Providing the operating costs of the delivery of the Scottish Communication Aid Loan Service which aims to provide loans to those who are, or are becoming, communication impaired, while statutory services seek funding for equipment to meet that person's needs. During 2018/19 23 pieces of AAC equipment have been loaned to 17 people with motor neurone disease. The equipment loaned included
  • laptops, ipads, speech recognition software, and peripherals (i.e. head mouse).
The clients were based throughout Scotland, and a breakdown of the location by health board is as follows; Ayrshire & Arran; Dumfries and Galloway; Greater Glasgow & Clyde; Grampian; Highland; Lothian and; Tayside The average response time to complete provision was 3.8 working days (excl. weekends) from receipt of notification. The fastest response was same day, and the slowest was 10 days.
Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) The development of a free, publically available tablet/smartphone app that aids conversation for people with aphasia. The 'Talk with me' app for people with aphasia has been developed and sits on apple and android platforms. Download the Talk with me app free from Google Play or the App Store. Activities to raise awareness included marketing material, social media posts, demonstrations of the app to user groups, and promotion through health care professional networks. Posters and promotional material was also available in all CHSS shops and services. Evaluation has been built into the app, therefore work to establish how the app is being used will be carried out on an ongoing basis by CHSS.
Bobath Scotland The establishment and testing of a model for a regular peer led social and learning group for people with cerebral palsy who use AAC Bobath Scotland has designed, delivered and reviewed a pilot project for adults with Cerebral Palsy who use AAC. There were 24 attendances over 6 group sessions which covered the following topics: 1. Introduction session 2. Using AAC to use voice activated devices to make everyday life easier 3. AAC Troubleshooting session 4. Preparing presentations with a superhero theme! 5. Joining the children's AAC holiday club for a joint session and delivering superhero presentations 6. Storytelling training Up until now, no other similar group existed. The grant funding has enabled group members to develop their skills such as speaking at a group, using voice controlled technology to carry out tasks (e.g. playing music or turning lights on). Being able to complete these everyday tasks can have a huge impact on confidence, independence and quality of life. Feedback has included: 'It was the only opportunity I had to meet other AAC users in a group setting. I enjoyed having a chance to get some support with my talker which was really good because I don't have anyone in the community that does this'. 'I hope that the group continues. I hope to get tips on my talker that I can use outside and be able to reach out to more people.' 'One parent said 'from the feedback that I have had I think that it is giving her confidence in using her device. She doesn't usually want to get involved too much as she can't communicate as well as some others can and the advice and suggestions on how we can develop her social communication skills have been extremely helpful and beneficial to her.' The project has helped meet the aims by ensuring that people with CP who use AAC devices have started to improve their wellbeing, communication skills and social connections.
CALL Scotland To update and replace a number of communication aids and eyegaze systems and expand the stock of iPads, together with the necessary software, apps, cases, mounting systems and other accessories in the CALL Scotland National Assistive and Communication Technology Equipment Bank. Providing communication equipment and support to people with communication support needs and their carers/families. Providing free access to professionals in order to carry out valid and independent assessment and trial according to the AAC national core pathway and best practice. The AAC equipment purchased comprises: 1 x GridPad 12 high tech communication aid with eye-gaze camera and accessories 4 x Windows Surface tablet-based communication aids with eye-gaze camera and accessories 3 x iPad Mini with cases and accessories for use as high tech AAC device 6 x iPad 9.7" with cases and accessories for use as high tech AAC device 4 x iPad Pro 12.9" with cases and accessories for use as high tech AAC device AAC software and apps Wheelchair and desk mounts Simple tech single and multiple message AAC devices High tech AAC access devices such as switches, trackballs, head operated mouse Low tech communication books



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