What does this service provide?

Who we are

Our multi-disciplinary team comprises of a consultant clinical engineer (who is the lead clinician), an occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, consultant paediatrician, physiotherapist and rehabilitation engineer.

Multi-disciplinary team: A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a group of health and care professionals from one or more organisations who come together to discuss how best to care for you.

What we do

We provide specialist knowledge and expertise in electronic assistive technology, to enable you to achieve your full potential.

Our assessments take place over 2–2.5 days and start by assessing your posture and the postural equipment you are using. You can share any problems, difficulties, or the benefits of your equipment, and with your agreement and we may take some photos of you using your equipment as a record. We will then discuss our findings and make recommendations.

During the rest of the assessment, we may need to set up alternative seating to ensure you’re sitting comfortably in a position which allows you to use your head, arms, or hands to the best of your ability.

The remainder of your assessment can include:

  • exploring your current access methods and trying other options if there is a problem
  • meeting our speech and language therapist to discuss any concerns around communication
  • looking at how you access a computer, the types of activity you enjoy and whether different software could make it easier
  • a look at powered mobility and reviewing any problems with this activity

The final morning of the assessment is usually set aside to look at an activity again, giving you a chance to try something you may not have felt like trying earlier in the week.

We finish by reviewing everything we have talked about, including any changes in equipment and ways of trying new activities. We will also discuss with you what will go in the report and who it will be sent to.

We aim to provide you with the report within four to six weeks of attending the clinic. If you have any questions, please contact our clinic secretary.

Appointment information

Appointment types

Our assessments take place in person over 2–2.5 days in our outpatient clinic rooms at Chailey Clinical Services, with the length depending on the severity of the issues. The day's timetable is decided by when you want to take breaks and what activities are discussed.

Who you'll see at your appointment

During your assessment, you will meet the following members of our team:

  • consultant clinical engineer
  • lead clinician
  • occupational therapist
  • speech and language therapist
  • consultant paediatrician*
  • physiotherapist*
  • rehabilitation engineer

*these people will only be present on the first morning

Members of your local team are also invited to attend some, or all, of the assessment. Your appointment letter will give more details about how to let us know who is going to attend.

What to bring to the clinic?

It is important that you bring any equipment related to your current method of accessing technology, including any seating, or possibly lying or standing equipment. This can include favourite toys, CDs, Switches, joysticks or other access systems you are currently using.

We will ask for copies of recent reports from your local team before the assessment.

How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from your GP, local therapists, or other professionals. Our service is available to children and young adults under the age of 19.

We accept referrals from any area but if your GP is located outside of Sussex we will require funding to be obtained before acceptance.

A new referral will be required if you need to attend our SCAMP assessment again.

How can I contact this service?

Contact details
Telephone: 01825 722 112
Where to find us
Address: Chailey Clinical Services, Beggers Wood Road, Chailey, BN8 4JN

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Opening hours

Our SCAMP assessments are held once a month, from Monday through to Wednesday morning between 9:30am to 12:30pm.

The SCAMP team will be in touch with families to discuss appropriate dates and will discuss location. More detailed information about the date, time and location of your appointment can be found on your appointment letter.

Waiting times

SDCAMP clinic depends on each individual referral to confirm when they have been accepted this is down to a number of factors including locality and funding.

For those accepted, we aim to see all new referral in 18 weeks, this can be longer due to funding requirements and other complexities. SCAMP very rarely has follow up clinics

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