Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group are working in partnership to improve Somerset’s services for children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The work taking place is outlined within the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) and divided into Improvement Priority (IP) areas.
What is Improvement Priority 4 and why does it matter?
What are we aiming for?
What is being done to make this happen?
What has been done so far?
Ensuring that the changes needed by the commissioners are delivered there has been:
- Commissioned services for SEND (under Chapter 3 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2015)) have been reviewed.
- Key contracts have been listed and aligned including areas where the Council is buying from NHS providers, to include core functions of therapy services.
- Groups of children and young people where a shared approach would bring an improved pathway for individuals and their families have been identified.
- Outcome-based approach to commissioning and strategic plans has been reviewed,
- Promoted personalisation and access to personal budgets.
- A joint work plan to deliver SEND services and joint commissioning arrangements has been developed – this sets out how, when and the lead in improving the delivery of the enabling factors.
- Reviewed the role of Schools and colleges who have a notional SEN budget and whom commission services (such as speech and language therapy, pastoral care and counselling services) to support pupils.
- Reviewed EHC plans and integrated assessments including personalised budgets.
- Shared learning from complaints and tribunals about education, health and care provisions and opportunities identified for collaborative working.
- Ensured that disagreements between LAs and CCGs are resolved quickly by reviewing procedures and escalation protocols.
- Demonstrated compliance with Public Sector Equality Act and publish objectives to achieve the core aims of the general duty.
- Established quality metrics for performance monitoring.
Who is involved?
Where can I find out more?
- SEND News – Sign up to our newsletter for weekly SEND news updates during term time for SEND improvement updates, parent carer and youth voice engagement and events or activities.
- Integrating care next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England Report template – NHSI website (england.nhs.uk)
- NHS Long Term Plan
- IP4 Subgroup Terms of Reference (ToR)
- The Somerset Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Needs Assessment 2020/21 focuses on children and young people aged 0-25 years who are resident or educated within the County. It provides the Somerset SEND Improvement Board with an up to date understanding of the needs of local children and young people with SEND and should be used to inform joint commissioning and service development across the Local Area.
- Joint Commissioning Strategy 2021-2024
Get in touch
If you have any questions about IP4 work please contact SENDImprovement1@Somerset.gov.uk