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

Refer to our service

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Eligibility for environmental controls


  • The service supports people of any age, both in their own homes and in care homes. The environmental controls equipment are designed for people who are permanently and severely disabled with restricted arm function, who are unable to manage everyday tasks such as using the telephone, light switch or television remote controls.
  • The individual needs to be able to understand the equipment and be likely to benefit by their levels of independence and security. Alternative and simpler equipment should have been ruled out as a solution to the problems.
  • The individual needs to be able to demonstrate sustained motivation to use the equipment.
  • Individuals require multiple control functions integrated into a single means of access and for whom multiple devices, each with a separate function are inappropriate.

Where individuals have a variable condition (e.g. a progressive neurological condition), the above criteria can be applied with regard to the person’s anticipated needs and abilities within a clinically appropriate time period. Referrals can be accepted on this basis.

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
    • neater eaters