Posted: June 18 2019
Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) Children’s Services have successfully awarded the Integrated Therapy Service tender for Children and Young People requiring Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Services. The tender specifically covered support for children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans. Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust submitted a response to provide a Hertfordshire-wide Integrated Children and Young People’s Therapies offer, including its Physiotherapy service which is already integrated with Occupational Therapy. HCT is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the contract to provide the services for the next five years. This is a great achievement. The team at the Council which assessed the bid awarded high scores across the board for HCT’s submission. This great news now enables HCT to progress with the introduction of its Integrated Therapies Service, covering Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) and Physiotherapy.
The partnership of HCC, East & North Herts CCG and Herts Valley CCG in the commissioning of OT and SLT services means that the new integrated service specification will be implemented for all children and families living in Hertfordshire. We will build on our existing high quality of service and implement some exciting new innovations, which include:
• Delivery of a 3 Tier Service delivery model within OT and SaLT
• Creating a comprehensive programme of parent and school training to enhance self-management of children and young people’s needs
• Piloting new integrated referral processes and initial assessment options
Katy Healy Associate Director of Operations for Children and Young people’s Service at HCT said: ”We are really pleased that we have been awarded this contract and look forward to continuing to develop our integrated therapies service to better support Hertfordshire families. We will work closely with the families who use these services, which include OT/PT and SaLT and build on the existing high standards.”
HCT will now commence on preparing to deliver the integrated service from September 2019.
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