Community Equipment meets a wide range of needs across all care groups and ages. It maximises independence and promotes functional abilities, and includes simple equipment to allow children and adults to carry out the activities of daily living including transfers, toileting, bathing and mobility etc. It can also offer solutions for people with more complex needs and long term health conditions including, beds, specialist mattresses, specialist seating, and moving and handling equipment. It can also include Telecare, communication aids, sensory equipment and wheelchairs. Models vary across Scotland however the same principles apply in terms of ensuring standardised assessment practice, integrated roles to streamline pathways, fit for purpose Store services which deliver business efficiencies, effective strategic Governance which aligns Community equipment provision with wider service objectives, and finance models which support effective service provision.
In 2009 the Scottish government produced new guidance on the provision of Equipment and Adaptations. This was supported by the subsequent development of a ‘Good Practice Guide for the Provision of Community Equipment’, which provided a structured toolkit for the evaluation, review and improvement of community based equipment services.
The Guide, and the approach it supports, has been utilised by a number of Partnerships across Scotland with support via the former Joint Improvement Team resource, and now the Improvement Hub (iHub).
The Community Equipment Services Improvement Framework (CESIF) is a development to the original resource and evidences the work carried out to date to develop tools, documents, and strategies to help support the delivery of more effective, improved, streamlined and integrated equipment services.
This Framework can be used to assist other Partnerships to review and further improve their own services (for all Care Groups/ages), and offers simple practical resources and information that can be used to target specific issues.
The Framework reflects the core components of the original Good Practice Guide. Each section identifies a key topic and then provides links to a range of Resources - relevant tools, reports, and diagrams etc., which have been developed either within individual Partnerships, or for generic use across all areas.
The examples provided on this website are illustrative of approaches used across Scotland but are not exhaustive. Further information is available from Alison Docherty, Place, Home & Housing Team, Improvement Hub, Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org
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