Published: June 2011
Format: Paperback, 173 pages
In response to the widely recognised need for Standards to be introduced to community equipment in England, and other parts of the UK, this book was written by Brian Donnelly. It is the only comprehensive guide available for community equipment, and is essential reading for everyone associated with these services, in whatever capacity. It covers all methods of provision including the Transforming Community Equipment Services (TCES) Retail Model.
The Code of Practice for Community Equipment is the official publication of the 'Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme'. It sets down a quality framework for procurement and provision of services, allowing high quality, efficient and safe services to be delivered.
“HSE recognises the need for guidance, and welcomes the code of practice… The code will help organisations who commission or provide community equipment make health and safety improvements in their businesses.”
Health and Safety Executive
This Code is the catalyst for improving services to meet unprecedented challenges ahead for the sector. The Code of Practice has been officially endorsed by the National Association of Equipment Providers (NAEP). The book is an integral part of the ’Code of Practice Scheme’.
“I am writing on behalf of the Association of Directors of Adult Services to confirm our endorsement for the code of practice for community equipment…the Code will enable organisations to address all regulatory and legal requirements through one review of services.”
ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services), Sarah Pickup, President
The Code of Practice for Community Equipment is an indispensible guide for: policy makers; GPs; commissioners; procurement officers; service users and carers; healthcare professionals; medical device technicians and trainers; regulators and auditors; students and academics; and all providers including community equipment stores, retailers, special schools, care homes, hospitals and third sector organisations.
“…the College of Occupational Therapists is encouraged to see the Community Equipment Code of Practice which… is relevant to occupational therapists and provides a valuable information resource that will help to raise the standards and quality of community equipment provision.”
College of Occupational Therapists – Peggy Frost, Head of Professional Practice
Main topics covered include:
Commissioning; governance; joint working; legal and welfare related obligations; health & safety; performance management; training requirements; stock management; managing medical devices; clinical responsibilities.
“…adherence to the Code would offer clinical and financial benefits for both patients and commissioners and l believe there is great potential for the Code to be integrated into primary care commissioning.”
NAPC (National Association of Primary Care), Dr Peter Patel, Executive Member