Joint commissioning brings together education, health and social care to share understanding of what is needed by young people and families.
Education, health and social care commissioners use their shared understanding to plan services that will deliver what is needed for children, young people and families.
The joint commissioners ask other organisations to apply to deliver the services and then choose the ones that they believe will deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and families at the best price.
They then ask these organisations to do this work with children, young people and families.
Education, health and social care will then jointly review the services that have been delivered to young people and families to see if they have improved the outcomes for children, young people and families.
Children, young people and families will be asked what is working and where there are gaps in services to support them.
The information that is given by children, young people and families will be used to help education, health and social care know what needs to be commissioned to improve outcomes.
Feedback about gaps in the Local Offer from children, young people and families will help us identify what is missing and this information will be used to develop the shared understanding of education, health and care in the joint commissioning process.
The draft framework outlines how the joint commissioning of services for children and young people with SEND in Norfolk will be developed and put into place according to the requirements of the Children’s and Families Act 2014 (please see Appendix A of the joint commissioning framework document).
This Needs Analysis is a qualitative and quantitative review of the SaLT needs in Norfolk undertaken in April 2015 (and reviewed July 2015). It is a ‘snap-shot in time’ and evidences the needs for the SaLT Service to support the proposal to jointly commission with Health Partners a new SaLT Service for Children and Young People in Norfolk. The consultation, which was a vital element of the Analysis, included meeting with children and young people and their families in focus groups, conducting surveys and questionnaires and wide engagement with professionals and networks, including Family Voice and the SEND Partnership. The Analysis also draws on the wealth of data which supports the level of speech, language and communication needs in Norfolk now and highlighting future trend.
More about Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)
The new Speech and Language Therapy Service will begin on 4 April 2016, delivered across Norfolk by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) as an integrated service for children and young people aged 0 – 19 years of age which will link children and young people’s education and health needs throughout Norfolk.
This Service has been jointly commissioned by Norfolk County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Norwich, North Norfolk, South Norfolk and West Norfolk to ensure that Norfolk’s services meet new national legislation providing a more joined up and accessible service.
Children, Young People, Families and partners were involved in designing the new service which includes a new helpline service for families with a strong focus on providing support and training to parents and those working with children and young people. This will ensure that everyone is working collectively to support children’s speech and language development with minimal disruption to their education.
All children and young people that currently benefit from speech and language therapy will continue to do so under the new arrangements. There will be a process to ensure a smooth transition of this service to ECCH during which referral / contact arrangements will be finalised and communicated.
For further information please go to the East Coast Community Healthcare website or read information about the new Speech and Language Therapy service here.