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What You Need to Know About NHS Changing Places Funding

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Up to £2 million of funding is available for NHS Trusts to apply for in order to install Changing Places toilets. As the campaign rolls forward to encourage large public buildings to provide fully accessible toilets, the funding will help hospitals improve their facilities with ease.

Read on for more information about NHS changing places funding and the application process.

NHS Changing Places Funding Available Now

News of the Changing Places funding was announced back in December 2018 by Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, but details on the application process were only launched recently.

The reasons for the making the funding available is because of the lack of Changing Places toilets in NHS hospitals. There is an overall lack of CP toilets in the UK but considering the people who need these bathrooms the most are likely to spend a portion of their time in hospital for appointments etc, the initiative comes as welcome news.

There are over 1200 Changing Places that are registered at present in the UK, but the majority of these are in private attractions or community facilities; of those locations, only between 30-40 are on NHS sites such as hospitals.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government are still reviewing current Building Regulations to decide whether they should be updated to make Changing Places facilities mandatory in large, public buildings. This could take some time though so NHS trusts would be smart to act now and apply for funding.

Who Can Apply for The Funding?

As mentioned, applications are open now and £2 million has been set aside to enable NHS acute hospital trusts to receive funding for a Changing Places toilet.

Primary care providers, community hospitals and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are not eligible to apply for the funding – or providers private health services. This is to ensure that the funding has the greatest possible impact for people who need to use Changing Places facilities, as hospitals are likely to have the greatest footfall of buildings on the NHS Estate.

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How to Apply for Funding

The NHS Changing Places funding process has been made relatively straightforward; the application form is available to download here.

The Government have also provided a prospectus that gives further details on who can apply and what criteria must be met and what supporting evidence you will need for your bid.

iHUS Changing Places can help you with the bid process.

If you look at the application form, you will see that there is a section on confidence of delivery and what your trust will likely spend in the process. You will also be expected to show any local groups/potential facility users you have consulted with prior to the application.

In order to submit a bid with as much supporting evidence as possible we recommend the following;

  • Consult with local disability groups/campaigners and listen to their concerns and recommendations.
  • Survey potential areas where a new Changing Places facility could be situated. This can either be an existing space you wish to adapt or an outdoor location where a modular facility could be situated.
  • Speak to a Changing Places toilet provider to discuss design, pricing and turn around times.

About iHUS Changing Places

iHUS Changing Places build, supply and install bathrooms for people with severe disabilities. Our modular units can be seen across the country in various locations, including tourist attractions and medical settings.

We have two solutions available; a modular Changing Places unit, which we build at our site in South Yorkshire and then install on your site. We also adapt internal spaces to convert them to Changing Places toilets.

If you are an NHS trust and want to apply for the funding that has been made available, then please get in touch.
One of our friendly consultants can visit your site, assess suitable locations and then provide you with design plans, accurate costings and a delivery timescale. This information will help support your funding bid and set you on your way to installing a Changing Places facility.

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If you simply have a question for us, please submit your details, along with a quick message, and we’ll back to you ASAP. You can also reach us on 0808 1641111 or email us at enquiries@ihusprojects.com

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