Monthly Archives: March 2012

CECOPS Appoints DNV Healthcare, Global Leaders in Quality, Safety and Risk Management, as its Approved Assessing Body

Posted on: 19/03/2012 | Categories: CECOPS General

Released: 19/03/12

CECOPS is pleased to announce that all of its accreditation assessments will be carried out by global leaders in quality, safety and risk management, DNV Healthcare.





Picture: CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, talking with DNV
Healthcare UK Director, James Lawrence.


Accredited Users of the CECOPS Code of Practice are given a full assessment every three years with interim annual health checks. World class assessors, DNV Healthcare, have been appointed to carry out these assessments.

DNV Healthcare is an extremely reputable organisation which has an extensive background in the development and management of large scale assessment and inspection schemes. This includes providing assessments for all hospitals in England on behalf of the NHS Litigation Authority, as well as working with Macmillan Cancer Support to assess the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark for cancer care centres throughout the UK.

James Lawrence, Director of DNV Healthcare UK said

“The CECOPS requirements not only focus on safety but have a strong drive towards improving the quality of life for service users. As a foundation, the work DNV will be undertaking on behalf of CECOPS is therefore closely aligned to our values of promoting safety and quality within healthcare.”

The Community Equipment Code of Practice must at all times be adhered to by all Accredited Users; it is therefore of paramount importance that compliance is assessed by a reputable and consistently reliable organisation such as DNV.

CECOPS Chairman, Sir Bert Massie CBE said

Our aim is to ensure every aspect of the Code of Practice Scheme is robust and credible. By contracting DNV as our preferred provider for assessments we have a much greater chance of realising this aim, especially given DNV’s extensive experience and reputation in this particular field.”

CECOPS and DNV are glad to be working together with the shared aim of improving the provision of community equipment supplied to children, elderly people, disabled people and their carers.

Further information about DNV Healthcare can be found here:

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Newlife Foundation become CECOPS Registered

Posted on: 16/03/2012 | Categories: Registered Users

Released: 16/03/12

CECOPS is delighted to announce that disabled children’s charity, Newlife Foundation, has become a Registered User of the Community Equipment Code of Practice.

Newlife Foundation is a charity which exists to provide disabled children with care, professionalism and a source of informed support for them, their families and their carers. Since 1991 the charity have been providing disabled children and their relatives or carers with loans, grant and equipment which can have many massive benefits including pain relief, more independence, and aiding mobility. The service and support they provide is second to none and has played a huge part in changing and improving the lives of many disabled children and their families.


Not only does the foundation supply disabled children with equipment, grants, and support, they also help fund vital medical research to help understand, prevent and treat conditions affecting children’s health.

By registering with the Code Newlife Foundation are expected to work to its principles, thereby demonstrating for example that the equipment they provide is of good quality, safe and delivered in a timely fashion.


Newlife Co-founder, Sheila Brown OBE, said:

I believe the Code of Practice Scheme is vital if we are able to improve provision of community equipment. Adoption and implementation of this code will allow commissioners, providers and clinical professionals to improve quality of life, reduce pain, prevent conditions worsening, enable better care and allow adults and children with disabilities fair and reasonable access to the equipment they need to help them achieve.”


CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, said:

“It is a real pleasure to have Newlife register with CECOPS. The service they provide to disabled children and their families is second to none and now they will have the badge to prove it!”


For further information about Newlife Foundation, or to get involved with the incredible work that they do, visit their website:





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Rights of disabled people may be at risk, says Human Rights Committee

Posted on: 07/03/2012 | Categories: General News

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) recently published its Report on the implementation of the right of disabled people to independent living in the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which was ratified by the UK in 2009.

The Report draws attention to a number of significant human rights issues, including:

  • the need for freestanding legislation to protect the right to independent living in UK law
  • the effect of current reforms to benefits and services on the ability of disabled people to enjoy independent living
  • the role played by the UNCRPD in policy development and decision making at all levels of government
  • the use of equality impact assessments
  • the effects of devolution on implementation of the UNCRPD
  • hate crime

The right to independent living does not exist as a freestanding right in UK law. Although it is protected and promoted to some extent by a matrix of rights, the Committee believes that this is not enough. It argues that the Government and other interested parties should immediately assess the need for, and feasibility of, legislation to establish independent living as a freestanding right. In addition, the Committee concludes that the UNCRPD is hard law, not soft law, and that the Government should fulfil their obligations under the Convention on that basis, and counter any public perception that it is soft law.

The Committee finds that:

  • reforms to benefits and services risk leaving disabled people without the support they need to live independently
  • restrictions in local authority eligibility criteria for social care support, the replacement of the Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment, the closure of the Independent Living Fund and changes to housing benefit risk interacting in a particularly harmful way for disabled people
  • some people fear that the cumulative impact of these changes will force them out of their homes and local communities and into residential care

It also finds that:

  • the Government had not conducted an assessment of the cumulative impact of current reforms on disabled people. The Report urges them do so, and to report on the extent to which these reforms are enabling them and local authorities to comply with their obligations under the UNCRPD
  • the UNCRPD did not appear to have played a significant role in the development of policy and legislation, as is required by the Convention. The Committee therefore argues that the Government should make a commitment to Parliament that they will give due consideration to the articles of the Convention when making legislation

Further, the Committee deprecates changes to the duties of public authorities in England under the Equality Act 2010, which no longer require the production of equality impact assessments of changes in policy, nor the involvement of disabled people in developing policies which will affect them.

The Committee finds variations in the manner in which the devolved administrations have implemented the Convention, and uncertainty as to the role the UK Government should play in ensuring implementation. The Report notes with disappointment the lack of a strategy in Northern Ireland to promote independent living and reminds the UK Government to acknowledge their responsibility to ensure implementation.

The Committee also considers a range of other issues relating to independent living. It recommends  that the Government should take further action to ensure that assessments for care needs are portable across the country in order to ensure disabled people’s right to choose their place of residence. It also expresses concern over a growing incidence of hate crime against disabled people and urges the Government take action to foster respect for the rights and dignity of disabled people.

Dr Hywel Francis MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

“We are concerned to learn that the right of disabled people to independent living may be at risk through the cumulative impact of current reforms. Even though the UK ratified the UNCPRD in 2009 with cross-party support, the Government is unable to demonstrate that sufficient regard has been paid to the Convention in the development of policy with direct relevance to the lives of disabled people. The right to independent living in UK law may need to be strengthened further, and we call on the Government and other interested organisations to consider the need for a freestanding right to independent living in UK law.

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