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Essex, Southend and Thurrock Balanced System® Therapies Project

 

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Essex County Council, Southend Borough Council, Thurrock Borough Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Essex, Southend and Thurrock have commissioned an ambitious project for children's therapies including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

Key outcomes of this work will include to have all children's therapy services working to a common framework.  Better Communication CIC, a not for profit organisation specialising in commissioning and provision of children's therapies, is supporting this work and the framework that underpins the work is The Balanced System®.  This will mean that there will be a single delivery plan for children's therapies across Essex, Southend and Thurrock that will be based on the same aims.  More information about The Balanced System® can be found here.

This web page will provide an overview of the project as it progresses, links to key consultation surveys or events, and a place to publish updates as the work progresses.

You can download an introduction to the project from commissioners here

 

Project Timeline 2022

February 2021- March  2022

Stage 1: Understand needs and current provision Essex and Southend

Engage and understand:

Therapy services

LA services

Schools, settings and FE

Families, Carers and Young People

Wider stakeholders

April 2022 -  August 2022

Stage 1+: Understand adding Thurrock

Stage 2: Plan across Essex, Southend and Thurrock

 

Analyse strengths and gaps

Develop transformation plan

Plan for delivery

September 2022 - August 2024

Stage 3: Do and Review

Test

Implement

Monitor

Evaluate

 

 

Stakeholder engagement throughout the journey

We have already begun to work with commissioners and children's therapy providers as well as parent and carer forums, across Essex, Southend and Thurrock to gather information about the current needs and services available to support children and young people, their families and carers.  Over the coming months in Stage 1 of the process we will be seeking the views of parents and carers, schools, settings and FE, wider professional colleagues across education, health and social care.  The links below will direct you to specific surveys or opportunities to book to join online consultation events.  

This information will be updated regularly so do come back to visit!

 

Parents

Parents and Carers

Professionals

Professionals

Schools, settings and FE

Schools, settings and FE

Documents

Documents