Monthly Archives: December 2012

Extra funding announced to support people in their own homes

Posted on: 12/12/2012 | Categories: General News

CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, welcomed the announcement by Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, that an extra £40m will be added to the Disabled Facilities Grant to help people remain independent in their own homes for longer.

Speaking today at the Housing Learning and Improvement Network Conference 2012, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:

“For people with disabilities and older people, even the simplest things such as walking, getting up the stairs and climbing in and out of the bathtub can become difficult.

“We know that most people want to remain independent and be supported in their own home as far as possible. This funding will help people make the necessary practical changes to help them remain in their own home and prevent or even postpone the development of health and care needs.

“An adaptation can make a huge difference to the life of an older person by helping them access all facilities and all parts of their home safely and independently. Research shows that for every £1,000 spent through the Disabled Facilities Grant, the quality of life gains are estimated at £1,723 per year.”

This extra funding will enable more older people and adults with disabilities to have better quality of life and also help them remain independent and in their own home for longer.

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PRESS RELEASE: The National Council for Child Health and Well-being officially endorses CECOPS’ Code of Practice for Community Equipment

The National Council for Child Health and Well-being has added its name to the long list of organisations supporting and endorsing CECOPS’ Code of Practice, joining other high profile supporters such as the Health & Safety Executive, Care Quality Commission and the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services, for example.

The National Council for Child Health and Wellbeing brings together in excess of 50 professional groups concerned with the health and welfare of children and young people across the UK. The Council shares information for lobbying and putting forward initiatives for the health and well-being of children and young people.

Dame Marion Roe DBE, Chairman, National Council Child Health and Well-being commented:

“Disability equipment is immensely important where child health and wellbeing is concerned. Some of the structures and processes in care services do not always allow for the right equipment to be provided in a timely way; this can have long term damaging effects to child health and development as well as being more costly. The National Council for Child Health and Well-being is delighted to give its endorsement to the Code of Practice for community disability equipment, and encourage its adoption across all organisations. We believe the Code will go a long way in improving the delivery of services for disabled children and their families.”


Brian Donnelly, CECOPS CEO, has welcomed the Council’s endorsement and says,

“Disability equipment is just as important for children as it is for adults. It is key for child development. Disability equipment for children is used extensively across the range of care and education agencies. For many years there have been difficulties with children’s disability equipment, often with long delays. I am very glad therefore The National Council for Child Health and Well-being has given it endorsement and full support to the Code. This latest endorsement shows the relevance, scope and application of CECOPS and the Code of Practice. It is an honour to have our work endorsed by such a prestigious Council, whose members include, for example, RCN, Council for Disabled Children, LGA, RCGPs, RNIB. This recent endorsement will help us immensely in promoting the Code in the UK.”


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Notes to editors

About The National Council for Child Health and Well-being:
The purpose of The National Council for Child Health and Well-being is to bring together professional and lay groups concerned with the health and welfare of children and young people across the UK, and to share information, provide a discussion forum and to be a lobbying and pressure group to take forward initiative for the welfare of children and young people.

Chairman: Dame Marion Roe, DBE
Honorary Secretary: Fiona Smith, Adviser in Children’s and Young People’s Nursing, RCN

The Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme, known as CECOPS, is a not for profit community interest company which has been set up to manage registration, training and accreditation of users of the Code of Practice for community equipment.

The Code of Practice is a recently written handbook. It is essentially a quality framework for the procurement and provision of services. It is primarily aimed at services in England, but also applies to other parts of the UK, and beyond.

CECOPS’ objectives are to assist all public and private sector providers and commissioners in bringing a high quality service to disabled children and adults, including elderly people, by promoting, encouraging adoption of, and providing training on, the Code of Practice for Community Equipment.

In terms of how the Scheme works: organisations, either commissioners or providers (including clinical teams), can register as working to the Code of Practice, as a Full or Associate Registrant, depending on their level of involvement with community equipment. Organisations can self-regulate/monitor their own compliance with the Code either manually or with CECOPS recommended software.

In addition, for reasons of credibility ‘Accreditation’ can be sought. Accreditation is optional, and involves external assessment of a registered user’s compliance with the Code of Practice. Assessments for accreditation are undertaken by DNV Healthcare, global leaders in Quality, Safety and Risk Management – DNV are the current assessors for the NHS Litigation Authority and the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark®

About Community Equipment
Examples of equipment types:
• home nursing, e.g. pressure relieving mattresses, ventilators
• aids for daily living, e.g. shower chairs, kettle tippers
• children’s equipment, e.g. postural support chairs
• sensory impairment equipment, e.g. flashing doorbells
• minor adaptations, e.g. ramps, grab rails
• wheelchairs (short term)
• communication aids
• telecare/telehealth, e.g. environmental aids.

CECOPS activities cover all public and private sector provision and all areas where equipment is used, e.g. health and social care equipment services, continuing healthcare providers, care homes, special schools, domiciliary care providers and hospices.

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Croydon Equipment Solutions aims for CECOPS accreditation, and pilots new software iCOPS™

Croydon Equipment Solutions (CES), part of the London DASS and DH sponsored Integrated Procurement Hub, is aiming to be the first service in the UK to become CECOPS accredited.

CES has already registered all of its service areas with CECOPS and has recently had a pre-assessment visit from CECOPS’ assessing body, DNV healthcare.

Following the recent pre-assessment visit Senior assessor, Karol Edge, said, “…we were very impressed with the overall commitment of staff to ensure quality, safety and performance issues are addressed.”

To maintain compliance with CECOPS’ Code of Practice and to continuously improve quality and performance CES has also agreed to pilot the CECOPS recognised self-regulation software, iCOPS™.

Glenn Bartlett, Head of Operations and also London Chair of NAEP, said: “We believe that attaining full accreditation will demonstrate that all aspects of our service, from decontamination through to procurement, meet the national standards and our aim is to reach and excel these standards if we have not done so currently. As the delivery arm of the DH led Integrated Procurement Hub, we aim to be at the leading edge of the service and we see the full CECOPS accreditation as part of this measure…”

CECOPS CEO, Brian Donnelly, said, “If every community equipment provider in the UK embraced CECOPS the way in which Croydon Equipment Solutions has I believe there would be immediate and visible improvements in service provision across the country. I think one of the most striking things about Croydon’s approach to working with CECOPS was the fact that they have dedicated a manager specifically to deal with the Code of Practice.”




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Hereward College staff become CECOPS Approved Trainers for Community Disability Equipment

Three senior members of staff from Hereward College, a general FE College in Coventry with specialist facilities and services for students with physical and learning disabilities, have recently undergone training and were successful in becoming CECOPS Approved Trainers for the use of Community Disability Equipment.

Hereward College has about 400 students with physical and learning disabilities, many of whom use community equipment for therapeutic, mobility, communication, educational, environmental, independence and rehabilitation needs. The college makes extensive use of community equipment including electronic communicators, environmental controls, telecare and access control equipment.

The accreditation was awarded to Hereward College by CECOPS. Notably the Chair of CECOPS, Sir Bert Massie CBE, was once a student of Hereward College.

CECOPS’ CEO, Brian Donnelly, said, “It was a privilege to have been asked by Hereward College to train some members of its staff. CECOPS seeks to build its reputation on delivering an all-round good quality service and by having a reputable and established organisation such as Hereward College on-board as one of its Approved Trainers will undoubtedly help us in realising this aim.

With this achievement, the College will be able to provide a formally recognized and credible training programme covering all aspects of commissioning, providing and the clinical and professional responsibilities of assistive technology. Additionally, the accreditation will allow the college to improve the quality of service of assessing students’ assistive technology needs and providing the most appropriate assistive technology solutions.

Paul Doyle, Access, Research and Development Manager at Hereward College, and now a CECOPS Approved Trainer, said: Having worked in Assistive Technology service provision for nearly twenty years I find it particularly reassuring to be involved with a code of practice that protects both the user and the provider in equal measure and is based on an inclusive, person centred approach.

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