FOI Request - Community Disability Equipment

Request 101003391195

I would be grateful if you could provide information to us on all the geographical areas that you cover, for the following two periods:
• 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022
• 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023

1. The value* of community disability equipment** provided by your organisation (we require information from each organisation separately, if you wish to provide joint spending figures – please let us know) to disabled and terminally ill children (as defined by the 2010 Equality Act please see *** below) in your area.

2. The numbers of individual pieces of equipment supplied to disabled and terminally ill children in your area.

* Value to include both recycled equipment (if relevant) provided to specific children through services such as Community Equipment Stores and equipment purchased new for specific children.

**The term community equipment includes such items as wheelchairs, buggies, specialist beds, standing frames, hoists, car seats and specialist seating. We do not include structural adaptations, consumables such as nasal gastric tubing and incontinence supplies, IT equipment or surgical aids.

*** As defined by the 2010 Equality Act. Children up to their 18th birthday who have ‘a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on their ability to do normal/daily activities’.

Response 27-09-2023

1. Not held. Our system for ordering/recording equipment in the community does not routinely include information on the age and state of disability of a client. Information that is not held falls under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - Information not held.

2. Number of items on loan: 938

Loaned to 219 people under the age of 18.  
             Profiling beds with people under 18 - 9  
             Hoists with people under 18 – 6
             Chairs with people under 18 – 3 

            We don’t have figures for the other types of equipment as they are provided by other services

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