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Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT)

The electronic assistive technology (EAT) service helps people with complex disabilities to live more independently through the use of environmental controls.

They can operate these controls through a number of ways, including direct touch, switches, and eye gaze.

These devises provide access to:

  • entertainment such as television, sound systems and computers
  • communication support, including specialist intercoms, hands free telephones and controllers to help output speech for those who have difficulties communicating
  • specialist mice to control PC’s, laptops, tablets and smart phones
  • security, including pagers, call alarms, remote access to door openers and door release mechanisms


The service covers all of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas, except Bassetlaw.  


Main enquiry contact

Email: dhft.eat@nhs.net
Telephone: 01332 254980

Eligibility for environmental controls

Individuals are not eligible for environmental controls where:

  • non-specialist solutions are available and appropriate
  • the individual does not have the cognitive ability or motivation to learn to operate equipment
  • provision of equipment is inappropriate due to social, environmental or other cicumstances
  • equipment is primarily for educational ICT or 'access to work' requirements


Scope of equipment provided

Where provision is outside the funding remit, we can't provide minor adaptations or equipment that effects the fabric of buildings. This would typically be funded through other sources such as Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).


Exclusions include

  • door, window and curtain openers (including replacement door locking mechanisms)
  • building adaptations
    • electrical 
    • joinery
    • carpentry
    • other minor adaptations
  • equipment for monitoring and health needs:
    • tele-care equipment
    • tele-health equipment
    • tele-rehab equipment  
  • Other equipment
    • page turners