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Working Group 2 - Commissioning and Access to Provision

Chair -  Sharon Simpson

Vice Chair - Greg Everatt

Written Statement of Action (Area 3) – Aims to improve joint working, including the planning and commissioning of services to meet the needs of those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), between education, health and care.

Written Statement of Action (Area 9) – Aims to address inequalities that exist in access to, and performance of, services between different geographical areas within Cumbria.

Key message

How does this impact families? How does it link to the Written Statement of Action (WSoA)?

We are improving joint working between health, social care and education.

The ongoing Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) audit work will drive more collaborative approaches when the learning from the audits is rolled out. By working together, we are also identifying gaps and areas that need to be developed, and are ensuring there are no areas of duplication between health, social care and education.

We are getting providers to set qualitative and quantitative Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and feed these back to us more frequently.

This will give us real time intelligence about what is happening in services and where there are issues that need to be considered and addressed, without needing to wait for formal reviews or inspections.

Service specifications are being reviewed for Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) in co-production with parents.

When the new service specifications are in place families will see services focusing more on issues that are relevant to their circumstances. Although these services are not exclusively for children with SEND they will continue to have responsibility for meeting the needs of children and young people (CYP) who have SEND.

We are working to make services, and access to those services, more equitable across the County.


Whilst there are 2 (Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), North Cumbria CCG in the North and Morecambe Bay CCG in the South, we are all working together as a system  and working to ensure that services are as equitable as they can be. There might be differences in what is available by area as a result of differences in demand, but where children, young people and families receive the same  or similar types of service we are putting plans in place to ensure that outcomes are comparable no matter where you live.

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