9 June 2010
Health service plans for Children with Complex Needs moves to formal consultation
People in Aberdeen and the surrounding area are being given the chance to have their say on the future care of children with complex needs in the area.
Beginning today, [Wednesday, 9 June] and running for twelve weeks, the consultation will lay out the current proposal in detail.
Under the plans a central resource centre would be developed, with three specialist multi-disciplinary health teams covering different areas of the city. These teams would include a consultant paediatrician, therapy, nursing and support staff and would work in homes and schools to ensure as much of the care is delivered in the community as possible.
The consultation will take a number of forms. A paper which clearly lays out the options with a feedback form will be sent directly to all relevant stakeholders, and this can also be fed back via email. Open meetings will also be held, while a video booth will be available at the Carers Centre to allow people to record their thoughts.
Heather Kelman is general manager for Aberdeen City Community Health Partnership. She said: "Every aspect of this process has been driven by involving the people who are at the heart of caring for children with complex needs.
"We have already held workshops with clinicians and parents and the response to this redesigned model has been very positive. Now we are keen to find out what stakeholders and the wider public make of the idea."
The three stakeholder groups (parents, clinical staff, and managers) all scored the proposed new model more highly when they compared it to the current service model.
A workshop was held with parents, staff and Council representatives to compare the proposed service redesign model with the current service model.
The NHS Grampian Board endorsed the engagement process so far and approved the recommendation to move to a formal consultation period.