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, voice activation and eye gaze.
 

These devises provide access to:
 

  • entertainment such as television, sound systems and computers
     
  • communication support, including intercom systems, hands-free telephones and controllers to help output speech for those who have difficulties communicating
     
  • comfort through the control of radiators, infrared light switches, curtains and blinds, and lamps, fans and heaters
     
  • 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 2 54979

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