Special Equipment

Occupational Therapy Assessments

Your child or young person with disabilities may need specialist equipment for daily living activities – such as bathing, toileting, seating, sleeping and moving.

Contact Cambridgeshire’s Occupational Therapy service in the first instance

The OT will visit you and your child at home  to fully understand your situation. And can then suggest and discuss with you specific equipment and /or changes in routine which may help you. The OT may arrange for your child to try equipment and in some circumstances may arrange for an equipment supply company representative to visit you and your child.

Cambridgeshire OT service

T:  01223 884104.

View the OT equipment leaflet

Assistive Technology service

Cambridgeshire Assistive Technology Service has a range of resources and equipment that can be loaned to families free of charge. And is jointly funded by the county council and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

The service  provides technological devices to support people and their carers with the challenges to everyday living and help with their independence.  The team also offers ‘Telehealth monitoring’ for chronic long-term conditions. This means that they can monitor patients’ vital signs from afar.

Anyone who needs advice on equipment for everyday living can contact the team on 01480 378160.

The team take referrals from anyone, for anyone, for all ages and all diagnosis. There is a simple referral form that can be completed and returned to the team. An ‘assessment of needs’ is carried out; the equipment is then sourced and supplied.

Read more about the service

Safe & Well Service Cambridgeshire

Free information and advice about daily living aids for adults and children.

There are options for parents to get free information about daily living aids for children and young adults by e-mail, telephone, at events  or by using a website questionnaire. You can also book a private Occupational Therapist home visit and get a list of  local retailers where you can see and try products.

Visit the Safe & Well website for children


A charity which helps parent and carers of disabled children and those with special needs to find solutions to practical problems of everyday living, including:

  • finding products to help with everyday living
  • advice on possible sources of funding for large, expensive but essential items
  • helping families communicate their collective needs for special products to manufacturers
  • referring families to other helpful organisations

Fledglings now has an online shop, with hundreds of products, including non-foaming unflavoured toothpaste and coiled self-tying shoelaces.

In-car safety centre

The In-Car Safety Centre has for more than 30 years, providing suitable seating to meet the needs of all children. They have gained experience working with children of all ages and their individual requirements. Listening to parents, guardians and occupational therapists they have a joint approach to achieving the desired solution. They have a number of car seats and safety accessories.

Further information and contact details are available here.