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CCG commissions integrated therapy service for children


6 March 2014

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A new integrated therapy service for children and young people with physical, occupational and speech and language difficulties has been commissioned in Hampshire.
The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and health and wellbeing board hope it will be in place by early summer, bringing an improved quality and model of service at the same cost for the next five years. 

A new integrated therapy service for children and young people with physical, occupational and speech and language difficulties has been commissioned in Hampshire.
The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and health and wellbeing board hope it will be in place by early summer, bringing an improved quality and model of service at the same cost for the next five years. 
The new service is commissioned by clinical commissioning groups across Hampshire, and will be provided by Solent NHS Trust. It has been endorsed by Hampshire County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board. 
Dr Amanda Britton, children and maternity clinical lead for NHS North Hampshire CCG said: “We want to help parents and carers to manage the care of their child, helping them to remain the ‘expert’ – the constant – in their ongoing care. This new service means that there is one place to go for timely support, intervention and advice for those aged 0-19 years with physical, occupational and speech and language difficulties”. 
“There will be a single point of access, and people can self-refer. Applications are triaged following referral in order to determine the best way to meet patients’ needs – cutting red tape and ensuring patients can access the right service at the right time.” 
Pippa Cook, therapy services manager at Solent NHS Trust said: “As an experienced provider of these services we are delighted to have been chosen to provide equitable, high quality integrated paediatric therapy services across Hampshire.
“We are looking forward to working with children and young people and their families to ensure that they are able to access care and treatment that enables them to achieve the health outcomes that matter most to them.” 
Councillor Keith Mans, Hampshire County Council lead member for Children’s Services and deputy leader, said: “This contract is an important development as it should help to ensure that children in need of therapies can receive a more consistent and co-ordinated service.” 
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