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Essex Equipment Service (EES) has received ‘top marks’ from the Community Equipment Code of Practice Service (CECOPS), reinforcing its excellence in specialist equipment provision to people with health and social care needs in Essex.

CECOPS is the independent certification and standards body, formally approved by regulators and professional bodies, including the Care Quality Commission.

EES is a home healthcare equipment supplier, offering a wide selection of specialist items to support home mobility and safety. The service is part of Essex Cares Limited (ECL) and holds the contract to provide specialist equipment to people with a range of health and social care needs in Essex.

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In 2018/19, it provided over 130,000 items to the community.

The CECOPS assessment of EES reviewed 22 standards, including manual handling 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.”

CECOPS currently works with around 200 assistive technology services across the UK and their accreditation is highly revered in the community equipment sector.

Brian Donnelly, CEO of CECOPS, added: “Well done to the team at ECL on achieving CECOPS accreditation. The assessor was impressed with the service and the ‘can do’ attitude.

“Achieving accreditation first time without any non-conformities being identified doesn’t happen very often, and ECL managed to achieve this. It is also good to see that ECL is using the iCOPS self-assessment and continuous improvement tool, which again demonstrates their commitment to quality.”

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.

ECL provides outcome-focused support within both home and community settings and puts the client at the heart of their choice of care and support.

Its range of services includes: support for adults with learning disabilities and older people; reablement in Essex, London Borough of Havering and West Sussex; sensory services; and community equipment.

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