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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 ker­byrne@buckscc.gov.uk.

Ea­gle-eyed read­ers will no­tice this week’s pic­ture of the week is ac­tu­ally two pic­tures. And that’s just be­cause we could not choose between the pho­tos of this red kite that Paula Western took in Che­sham. We think they’re amaz­ing. Do you have an eye for a pho­to­graph? Would you like to see your work in this col­umn? Send a high res­o­lu­tion jpeg file of a favourite snap to: buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

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