Recent research in one local area shows that numbers of young people aged 15-19 with severe or complex needs increased by 70% between 1998 and 2008.

Reports

Better Communication Report - Shaping Speech, Language and Communication Services for Children and Young People

Changes are already underway in health and education structures and funding which means effective commissioning is crucial to improve outcomes for all children, particularly those with SLCN.

The Better Communication publication, written by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and Jean Gross, former Communication Champion, explains a range of approaches to commissioning by people working across budgets, professional disciplines and geography to shape better services for children and young people. It should be required reading for anyone shaping  universal services for children and young people and those making provision for children and young people with additional needs.

To view and download a copy of the report, click here.

 

Jean Gross Two Years On Report

The reflections in Two Years On: final report of the Communication Champion for children are based on findings from an extensive programme of meetings with local commissioners and service providers across England, undertaken between January 2010 and December 2011. Jean Gross has met with 105 out of the 152 local authority / NHS Primary Care Trust pairings in England.

To download the report, please click here.

Jean Gross has made 30 recommendations to Government, local authorities, the voluntary sector and schools on the future of speech, language and communication services for children. The press release can be downloaded here.

The Communication Trust's response to Two Years On is available here.

If you have any queries on this, please email Laura Smith on lsmith@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk

 

Integrated Pathway for speech, language and communication services

A consultation draft of an integrated Pathway for speech, language and communication services has been produced by Derbyshire local authority and NHS staff. We are very grateful to them for agreeing to share their draft, which is available here

The documents listed below were prompted by discussions with commissioners in children's and health services, and we hope that commissioners may find them helpful.

Download 1: Issues, impacts and actions (updated August 2011)
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Download 2: Quality, productivity and value for money - 15 review questions for commissioners (November 2010)
Please click here to view
Download 3: Schools as commissioners (updated August 11)
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Download 4: New model of commissioning for children and young people (updated March 2011)
Please click here to view
Download 5: Oral language skills and poverty (September 2011)
Please click here to view
Download 6: Speech and language as a public health issue
Please click here to view

 

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
The Communication Champion reviewed the effectiveness of AAC provision in different areas of the country, to identify good practice and inform the development of future initiatives to improve services.  The Champion reported in September 2010 - click here for the Champion's AAC report.

In November 2011 the Champion published a second report on AAC (click here for report on commissioning specialised AAC services and here for model service specification for these services)

 

Schools as commissioners
The Communication Champion has developed a document which gives general advice for schools on commissioning services for speech, language and communication. Please click here to view.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice have developed a guide on commissioning speech and language therapy services. Please click here to view.