Home care equipment service gets seal of approval from standards body


A home care equipment service based in Essex has been certified by an accreditation and standards body approved the Care Quality Commission.

Essex Equipment Service (EES), which offers specialist items to support home mobility and safety, received ‘top marks’ from the Community Equipment Code of Practice Service (CECOPS).

The service is part of Essex Cares Limited (ECL), and holds the contract to provide specialist equipment in Essex. In 2018/19 it provided over 130,000 items to the community.

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The CECOPS assessment of EES reviewed 22 standards, including stock management, manual handling and equipment, and rated 19 of these as ‘requirements met’, the highest score, and found no ‘non-conformities’.

Sue Harris, who conducted the assessment on behalf of CECOPS, said: “There were examples of good leadership, partnership working and teamwork at every level.”

Trudi Foster, head of Essex Equipment Service, said: “We are delighted to have received accreditation by CECOPS.

“This is testament to the team’s dedication to providing an outstanding service to those requiring safety aids and mobility equipment within Essex, and we look forward to working with CECOPS in the future.”

ECL, which owns EES, was established by Essex County Council in 2009 as the UK’s first Local Authority Trading Company, providing care and support in South East England for residents at home and in local communities.

With over 1,000 employees, ECL supports over 50,000 people each year to live independent and fulfilling lives.

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