PAMIS are the lead organisation in Scotland for Changing Places toilets (CPt.) PAMIS are co-founders and co-chairs of the UK Changing Places toilet Consortium. Many disabled people cannot use standard accessible toilets and require additional equipment and a larger space to have their personal care needs meet safely and with dignity. A CPt is 12sqm in size and includes an adult sized, height adjustable changing bench, a peninsular toilet and a ceiling hoist. Changing Places toilets are now mandatory in larger, new public buildings and PAMIS offer free advice and support with planning, design, equipment requirements and maintenance of Changing Places toilets in Scotland.
What we offer
- Free enquiry service and resource pack – get advice and support in relation to CPt design standards, equipment, maintenance and management, funding and more.
- Registration service – promote your CPt on the UK’s online interactive map, across our dedicated social media platforms, work with us on press releases and media coverage for your venue, use the official CPt logo and signage.
- Comprehensive CPt training online and inhouse for venues – support your staff to welcome new customers to your venue.
- Community and family support – support to create new CPt’s across Scotland and with any issues you may have accessing appropriate toilet facilities.
- Research and data analysis – developing an evidence base to support the ongoing improvement of CPt’s, writing for a wide range of industry and professional journals.
- Consultancy service – engage our skilled and experienced team to improve access to CPt’s at a local level.
- Policy and legislation – working cross party to support the development and implementation of legislation and policy that supports families and the provision of CPt’s.
Contact PAMIS with your Scottish Changing Places toilet enquiry: [email protected]
Download The Changing Places Toilet Practical Guide publication for template room designs and planning advice.
Read Scottish Government’s CPt Planning Guide.
The Scottish Non Domestic Technical Handbook section 3.12 details sanitary facility requirements.
Find your nearest Changing Places toilet or register your new CPt on the UK interactive map.
Requirements of a Changing Places Toilet
as in the British Standards: BS8300:2018
- adequate space for a disabled person when they are not in their wheelchair, their wheelchair and one or two carers – 12sqm (3m x 4m)
- an adult sized, height adjustable changing bench, wall mounted or free standing
- a ceiling tracking or a mobile hoist
- a peninsular (centrally placed) toilet
- a privacy screen or curtain
- a large bin for pads
- an emergency alarm
- a paper roll
- a non slip floor
Changing places toilets are in addition to standard accessible toilets.
The absence of suitable toilets mean that people with complex disabilities who need assistance cannot take part in activities such as shopping, going out for a meal or attending a sporting event. Without a suitable changing bench and hoist, many people with complex needs have to be laid on unhygienic toilet floors or become trapped in their own homes.
PAMIS is a member of the Changing Places Consortium. The Consortium campaigns throughout the UK and beyond for Changing Places toilets to be provided in all public places, including city centres, shopping centres, railway stations, airports and leisure complexes.
Watch this short film to find out why Changing Places toilets are so important.