Improving health services

Since the Children & Families Act there has been an increased emphasis on health organisations working in partnership with local authorities, including a duty to jointly commission education, healh and care services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This joint commissioning has been one of the more difficult elements of the SEND reforms, particularly at a time when the NHS has a whole is undergoing a lot of 'transformational change'. The NHS can be a complex and confusing system both for parent carers and parent carer forums.

These pages offer some resources and guidance for parent carer forumes to better understand the NHS and how you might engage with your local health organisations to improve services and outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Contact's strategic health lead

We have a strategic health lead who can provide support to your parent carer forum to engage with your local health partners. If there is a specific issue you would like to understand, of you want some advice for your engagement, you can contact Lynn Hoppenbrouwers at lynn.hoppenbrouwers@contact.org.uk