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SEND - Health

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Children and young people (0-25) have a SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made.

Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) supports the health element of the SEND agenda for children and young people, and work with Wolverhampton City Council across health, social care and education to do this.

The CCG is working in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council to contribute to the implementation of the SEND reforms (Children and Families Act 2014).

This means that the CCG and Wolverhampton City Council work together to identify the needs of the local population and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment; identify any gaps in local provision and then jointly address them.

The Local Offer 

Wolverhampton’s SEND local offer provides information in one place and can be found on Wolverhampton City Council’s website.

The CCG has responsibilities with regard to provision for children and young people with SEND which are:

  • To commission services jointly for children and young people (up to age 25) with SEND, including those with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
  • To work in partnership with the Local Authority to develop the Local Offer.
  • To have mechanisms in place to ensure practitioners and clinicians will support the integrated Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment process.
  • To agree Personal Health Budgets where they are provided for children and young people with EHC plans.

What services are commissioned for children and young people with SEND?

In addition to the general services that are commissioned for the whole of the population, health services specifically provided for children and young people with additional needs include:

  • Therapy services; Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy.
  • Nursing and Paediatrics.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
  • Equipment.
  • Continuing Care and complex care assessments and packages.

A range of support can be provided including Personal health Budgets which can be used for a variety of items.

Designated Medical Officer (DMO)

The Designated Medical Officer supports Wolverhampton and the CCG to meet its statutory responsibilities for children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The DMO provides a point of contact for the CCG, local authority, schools and colleges when specialist health advice is required.

Contact us

  • Katrina McCormick, SEND Lead - 01902 442534
  • Cathy Higgins, Designated Medical Officer -01902 444325
  • Emma Boyce, Continuing Care Nurse 01902 441785

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns, even if you apply for free prescriptions. This applies to treatments for these conditions:

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Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.

Please help the NHS to use resources sensibly.

You can find out more here 

Transforming Community Services

The Transforming Care Programme (TCP) aims to transform care and support for adults with learning disabilities who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition.

The programme will improve the way services are delivered by ensuring care is focused on keeping individuals healthy, well, and supported in their local community. It will enable individuals to stay close to their family and friends, only using beds in hospitals where community services cannot provide safe and suitable alternatives. It is a nationally mandated programme that is being rolled out across the country.

Transforming Care Engagement 2019

The organisations involved in delivering TCP in the Black Country have worked with service users, their families and carers to develop a model of community care that works for them. However, before we make any final decisions about the future of specialist beds for service users, it is important that we ask for feedback on our plans.

From Thursday 21 March to Thursday 23 May 2019 we are holding a nine-week public engagement exercise. During this time, we are asking for your opinions on our proposed plans.

Our aim is to:

  • Improve quality of care for people with a learning disability.
  • Improve quality of life for people with a learning disability.
  • Enhance community capacity, thereby reducing inappropriate hospital admissions and length of stay.

Our work so far has focussed on areas such as: early intervention to minimise the development of challenging behaviours; crisis prevention to provide the right kind of support to prevent and reduce instances of crisis; addressing crises by responding effectively to stabilise an individual’s situation, and ensuring effective discharge to avoid repeat hospital admissions.

This has meant developing more community-based teams with specially trained social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and other staff working more closely together around the needs of service users, their families and carers.

Our aim is to develop a single state of the art assessment and treatment centre that can provide the high level of care service users need with the focus on getting them back into the community, near their family and friends, as soon as possible.

Next Steps

This public engagement exercise is seeking people’s views on the community-based services that have been put in place in the Black Country and the impact on specialist inpatient assessment and treatment beds for adults with learning disabilities.

We are carrying out an engagement exercise on plans that will support people to stay in the community near family and friends rather than living in hospitals for long periods of time.

We want to hear your views. To find out more please see the:

Black Country Transforming Care Programme 2019 engagement document.

Please also take a few minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

Survey – Black Country Transforming Care Programme 2019

There is an ‘easy read’ version of the information and questionnaire also available on request by calling:

0121 611 0611

This engagement exercise was managed by the ‘Black Country Transforming Care Programme’ made up of local health and social care organisations responsible for providing care to adults with learning disabilities, including NHS Wolverhampton CCG. The Black Country Transforming Care Programme is also developing services around autism and for children and young people and will engage separately on these pathways.