Health in the Local Offer
- Children, young people and families
Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will often need support from different health services at different stages in their lives.
What health services are available?
Barnet as a vast range of health services for children and young people from 0-25 years including GPs, pharmacists, dental services, optometrists and hospital services - available to everyone based on the individual’s health needs.
Children with special educational needs and disabilities are able to access these services directly without needing to go through any kind of referral. These services are known as ‘universal’ in that they are available to everyone.
To find your nearest GP, dentist or pharmacist, enter your postcode on the NHS Choices search page.
A summary of some of the health professionals who may be involved in their healthcare:
- Community pediatricians: A team of doctors who provide assessments for children where there are concerns about their development.
- Community children’s nurses: A team of nurses who have experience of working with children with complex health needs. They often work with children at home or in school.
- Occupational Therapists: Work with children and young people to help them do things like writing, playing, sitting or dressing themselves.
- Physiotherapists: Work with children and young people to help them with things like sitting, moving and walking.
- Speech and Language Therapists: Provide support with communication difficulties, language impairment and speech disorders.
Health professionals in Barnet coordinate their approach to supporting a young person with complex health needs through talking to one another, sharing information and jointly planning how to achieve the best outcomes.
How to access health services in the Barnet Local Offer
In order to access any health services in Barnet, you (or your child/young person) will need to be registered with a Barnet GP.
Within the local offer, some services will also have specific entry criteria based on the level of health need. Information about entry criteria is provided on the information page for each of the services listed above but if you are unsure about whether your child/young person meets these criteria, then please ask us by emailing SENDLocalOffer@Barnet.gov.uk
Health services in Barnet are bought or ‘commissioned’ on behalf of residents by Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), an NHS organisation led by GPs and its role is to plan and buy (commission) health services on behalf of the residents of Barnet.
This is usually done through contracts with hospitals and community health providers. In some cases, services can be commissioned through a Personal Health Budget (PHB). A PHB is an amount of money to support your identified health and wellbeing needs, planned and agreed between you and your local NHS team.
The aim of a personal health budget is to give people with long-term conditions and disabilities greater choice and control over the healthcare and support they receive. Currently, children and young people who are eligible for Children’s Continuing Care have the right to a personal health budget. Find out more about continuing care for children and young people (PDF, 560kb).
More information about personal health budgets in Barnet can be found on the Barnet CCG website.
Continuing care arrangements and how these are aligned to the EHCP process
Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group provides a community care led service for children/young people who have complex health needs or long term conditions in order prevent admissions or A&E attendance.
The service model is both a community based and child/family centred model. This is provided by a multi professional team in the community setting. The service provides care for the child/young person within their community with a multi professional and agency approach to ensure the ‘Team around the Child’ version of care is delivered.
Factors that contribute to the above service model are:
- Integration within and between services
- Multi agency working
- Knowledge and Skills
- Communication and Information Sharing
This service links to EHCP and to Personal Budgets depending on the condition the young person may have.
Barnet CCG work closely with colleagues at Healthwatch Barnet. Healthwatch is an independent local organisation that gathers and champions the views of the public who use health and social care services. A representative of Healthwatch Barnet sits on the CCG’s Governing Body as well as on the Health and Wellbeing Board.
To join Healthwatch Barnet, or to find out more information, please visit Healthwatch Barnet.
Telephone: 020 8364 8400 ext 218 or 219