North West Assistive Technology is a specialist regional service covering a population of 6.7 million people living in Cheshire and Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria. They are based within the grounds of Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust, and are commissioned by NHS England to provide specialist assistive technology to enable patients with complex needs to maintain their independence.
What is Assistive Technology?
“Assistive Technology is any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled
and older people” - Kings Fund (March 2011)
Most people who need assistive technology have neurological conditions resulting in major upper limb impairments that can result in them being unable to use, for example, standard remote controls.
Referral to the Service:
• Referral can be made by any healthcare professional including a GP
• Referral to the service is not subject to means testing
• Assessment is carried out by specialist rehabilitation engineering staff who will discuss what issues the person is struggling with and advise on the best technical solution specifically tailored to the individual’s needs.
What patients say:
“Before having the equipment I had to sit in the dark waiting for somebody to switch on a light. Now I can do all the little things that everyone else takes for granted.”
“I would like to tell you and your team how much I have appreciated all the work and support you have given me over the past years. The service you have provided has helped make my life so much easier and given me independence I didn’t have before.”
Want to find out more?
Contact the North West Assistive Technology helpline on 0151 529 2022