TACT (Trusted Assessing and Care Training) is delighted to be working in partnership with the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) to launch a brand-new course designed for retailers of independent living equipment. The Trusted Assessors: Assessing in the Retail Environment course is designed to accredit retailer members as Trusted Assessors.  

BHTA represents over four hundred organisations in the UK who are involved in the manufacturing, distributing, and retailing of healthcare and assistive technology products. They operate a Code of Practice to ensure high quality service levels for the sector. This new training-based programme enables customer-facing staff to learn the skills involved in assessing for suitable home adaptations equipment. The course was developed by TACT in consultation with BHTA and its members and it is accredited by OCN London. 

Retailers of equipment for independent living are experts in the product solutions they range, and this enables them to check suitability and tailor products to individual people’s needs. Many retailers are relied on in their local areas to visit people at home and demonstrate equipment to help people to live independently. The Trusted Assessor model is based in occupational therapy models of practice and learning this approach enables an Assessor to evaluate the person and their environment in a systematic way to identify the best solution. Assessors are taught when to refer a case to an OT (Occupational Therapist) and this ensures best use of staff and resources whilst speeding up access to much-needed equipment. 

‘We’re delighted to be working with BHTA to provide this Trusted Assessor course to their members. It’s a splendid example of how staff already visiting older and disabled people at home can be taught to carry out simple assessments for home adaptations with a best practice approach based on the Comptency Framework. Expanding the range of Assessors working in the UK by harnessing the skills of this specialist retail sector is an innovative way of speeding up access to much-needed equipment, says Clare Barber, Director of TACT and an OT specialising in this field.  

‘This programme underlines BHTA’s commitment to quality and raising standards in the sector, says David Stockdale, Chief Executive at BHTA The Trusted Assessor model is known and in widespread practice in health, social care, and housing services across the UK. This initiative enables our retail members to be aligned with a best practice approach in assessing for equipment that in turn means they can be integrated into local pathways. Older and disabled people can expect to gain faster access to important solutions for their independence and be confident in the impartial advice provided.’  

The announcement of the new course follows several months of consultation with BHTA, and its members and members can find out more by email TACT on info@trustedassessing.com or visiting their website and completing an enquiry https://trustedassessing.com/  

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