Funding applications open for Changing Places toilets in NHS hospitals
Monday 10th June 2019
NHS acute hospital trusts in England can now apply for funding to provide Changing Place toilet facilities in NHS hospitals.
This follows the announcement that £2 million would be made available from the Department of Health.
Changing Places toilets have an adult changing bench and hoist facilities as well as extra space for carers. This provides a safe toileting environment for physically disabled people who are non-ambulant, as well as for those with learning disabilities who may need carer support. The equipment provided also ensures that manual moving and handling techniques are minimised for any carers involved.
Over 250,000 severely disabled people, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities in the UK, cannot use standard accessible toilets.
In December 2018, Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, announced that up to £2million of capital funding will be available for NHS Trusts to improve provision of Changing Places in NHS hospitals. This funding is intended to improve provision of Changing Places on the NHS Estate over the next two years (2019-2021).
This funding is for NHS Acute (Hospital) Trusts in England only. The funding must be spent by the end of March 2021.