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Changing Places Consultation: Seeking Professional Advice

Installing a Changing Places toilet needn’t be a complicated, or confusing process but a little bit of planning and consideration will be required beforehand to ensure the facility meets everybody’s needs and expectations.

RISE is a specialist adaptions company so can remove a lot of the planning stress for you whilst helping ensure you meet expectations.

It is recommended any organisation looking to install a Changing Places toilet seek both professional consultation and engage with public.

Professional Changing Places Consultation

A good Changing Places toilet should satisfy the need of users, building regulations, planning, and regulations such as BS 8300. Here are some of the types of professionals and consultants you may need to liaise with before, during or after your project.

Planning permission/consents – any new build toilet will likely need planning permission or consent from the relevant bodies. Especially so if the proposed toilet is in a conservation area or listed building. Planning permission will be sought via your local authority and Building Regulations approval will also be required.

Access consultancy – a professional access consultant provides advice on how to ensure different types of environment are inclusive. When a Changing Places toilet is proposed it can be useful to seek this kind of advice for making decisions. Where your facility should be located, for example.

Property surveyance – an access consultant can help with choosing suitable locations for a Changing Places facility but an architect or building surveyor will be able to provide further advice on where the toilet can technically be situated, what obstacles you may come across and what can be done to minimise/avoid them.

Plan preparation – once a suitable location has been chosen, plans will need to be prepared showing the layout of the toilet, what building works will be required and in the case of modular Changing Places solutions, what groundwork will need to be done to prepare the site. The plans for the toilet must ensure the facility will meet the British Standard for Changing Places (BS 8300) and be recognised officially by the Changing Places Consortium.

Training – although staff are not usually expected to assist Changing Places users, training employees how to use the equipment and educating them on why the facility is needed and what type of people are likely to use it, can help increase awareness around needs and will help contribute to your overall culture of inclusivity.

A key part of our service is the professional consultancy and expertise we provide to help your organisation install a facility effectively, meeting the expectations of users, planning, and legislation. RISE can help you with all the above, minimising the work needed to be done at your end.

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Public Consultation

To ensure your Changing Places is adequately meeting the needs of the people who need it the most, it is recommended you consult with necessary groups and individuals in your local area for advice on what they want from the facility or to establish the level of need.

If your business attracts people from further away than your local area, national groups may also be of help. You must try to include as many potential users of your facility as possible, including their relatives or chosen assistants. The feedback from these people should then be consulted at all points during the planning and installation process.

Here is a list of groups you may find helpful:  

  • Local access groups
  • Local information and advice services for disabled people
  • Local disabled people’s groups
  • Day centres
  • Community learning disability teams
  • Occupational therapists
  • Disability Information and Advice Line (DIAL)
  • Carers groups
  • Local authority disabled children’s teams
  • Social services adult care teams
  • Shopmobility centres
  • Patient forums associated with local health centres or hospitals
  • Local authority access officers or equalities teams.
If you would like to learn more, or book a free consultation, please get in touch.
We designed and built a new room to house Changing Places facility within the National Space Centre, and installed all specialist equipment.
We adapted the existing toilet facilities at Northumberland’s Woodhorn Museum into a fully compliant Changing Places toilet.
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