HAVE YOUR SAY ON SERVICES
CUSTOMER AND COMMUNICATIONS TEAM Strategy & Policy – HQ Buckinghamshire County Council CHILDREN’S Therapies services in Buckinghamshire are being redesigned after health and social care commissioners sought the views of hundreds of people to find out how they could be improved and made easier to use.
For instance, services which have been separate, such as Physiother
apy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy, will now be joined together as one.
Now service users and members of the public are being asked to look at these proposed changes and to again give feedback – this time to ensure these plans will meet the needs of the young people and families using them.
The redesigned services aim to make it easier for healthcare professionals to communicate with one other and will mean families won’t have to keep repeating themselves to different therapists.
It will also be easier for parents and carers to find out how the children and young people are progressing.
Earlier this year, Buckinghamshire County Council and NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, who commis- sion the services, used online surveys and faceto-face sessions to obtain the views of people using them – including young people, their parents, carers and key health and education professionals.
More than 300 people gave feedback and ideas for improvement which are informing the new service plans.
Now BCC and the CCGs are hoping people will again help to shape the final plans before they are put into action (next year).
To find out more and take part in the new online questionnaire, go to www.letstalkhealthbucks.nhs.uk
There will also be a drop-in session in Aylesbury on September 20 where you can see the plans and talk to commissioners.
Kerri Byrne, children and young people’s joint commissioner for Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “I’m delighted that we are now getting close to making the changes which will give children and young people a better service.
“I hope that people who gave us feedback earlier in the year will be pleased with the new plans.”
You can drop into the open session at any time between 5.30pm-7.30pm on Tuesday September 20 2016 at County Hall in Aylesbury town centre.
Alternatively interested parties can contact Kerri Byrne at email@example.com.
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