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AAC Clusterboxes

What Is a Clusterbox?

A clusterbox is a collection of AAC equipment issued by KM CAT to local therapist groups, containing each type of equipment available for provision by KM CAT in areas that we cover.

The purpose of the clusterbox is to make equipment readily available for use by local therapists to use in their assessments.

Once the local therapist has identified a suitable communication aid for their patient, they can make a referral for equipment provision (East Kent and Swale) or seek funding, i.e. charity or private provision (West Kent, Medway & DGS).

Clusterbox Training

To make effective use of our clusterboxes, we recommend that therapists attend one of our training days. For access to our provision-only service, this training is mandatory.

Please see our training page for a list of available dates.

 Clusterbox Information

Please see our overview of text-based AAC in clusterboxes.

We have put together some guidance for infoming clients about confidentiality risks associated with cloud-based apps.

Local Clusterbox Contacts

To arrange a loan of clusterbox equipment, please contact you local team using the following details.

Location:

Main Contact:

Telephone:

Email:

Service Manager: 

1. Dover

Maria Wilton-Holness at the Business Support Unit in Whitfield Court, Dover

0300 123 7592

Kentchft.asltcndbsu@nhs.net

Philippa Hardy / Liz Gould

2. DGS/Sittingbourne

Kezia Lawson / Victoria Biggs at Sittingbourne

01795 418300  ext. 2061

vcl.dgss-salt@nhs.net

Kezia Lawson / Victoria Biggs

3. Canterbury/Coastal

Nicola Wareham at the Ops Admin Unit at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay 

01227 594739

Kentchft.asltcndbsu@nhs.net

Philippa Hardy / Liz Gould

4. Thanet

Nicola Wareham at the Ops Admin Unit at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay

01227 594739

Kentchft.asltcndbsu@nhs.net

Philippa Hardy / Liz Gould

5. West

Sharon Hartfield at Tonbridge Cottage Hospital

01732 376813

Kentchft.asltcndbsu@nhs.net

Philippa Hardy / Liz Gould

6. Medway

Laura Daniels at Ambley Green

 01634 382213

 laura.daniels@nhs.net

 Laura Daniels

7. Darent Valley

Dawn Cahill at Darent Valley Hospital

01322 428593

dgn-tr.sltdvh@nhs.net

Jennie Longthorne / Libby Garner

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