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'If just 1% of community equipment failed to be delivered and lead to a secondary episode of care, the additional cost to the care economy would be around £5 billion a year
To address the situation, Brian Donnelly, chief executive of the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme (Cecops) has written a guide for commissioning and providing community equipment. It sets out standards for each stage of the community equipment process and comprehensively covers commissioning functions, the provision of services and clinical and professional responsibilities. The code aligns with current NHS and local authority policy changes and enables better co-ordination of services.